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McCain Conference

New Warriors and New Weapons:
The Ethical Ramifications of Emerging Military

April 22 - 23, 2010

2010 Interviews: (

  • Col. Jeff McCausland, Carnegie Council for Ethics and International Affairs, interviews Dr. Martin Libiki, from the RAND Corporation; author, Cyberdeterrence and Cyberwar, and MG Charles Dunlap, Deputy JAG, USAir Force
  • BG Rick O'Meara, 2009-10 Fellow of the Stockdale Center interviews Dr. Ron Arkin, Georgia Institute of Technology; author, Governing Lethal Behavior in Autonomous Robots, and Joel Garreau, Arizona State University; author, Radical Evolution: The Promise and Peril of Enhancing Our Minds, Our Bodies—and What It Means to Be Human.

2010 Proceedings

Day 1: Thursday, 22 April

  1. Welcome and introduction: Colonel Art Athens, USMCR (ret.)Director, Stockdale Center for Ethical Leadership
  2. Technology overview:
    • Chair –Dr. Joe Thomas, Senior Fellow, USNA Stockdale Center
    • Robert Bell, Executive Director, Governmental & Industrial Strategic Alliances, iRobot
    • CAPT Paul Seigrist, Director, Unmanned Maritime Vehicles, US Navy
    • Dr. Ali Reiter, “Peak Soldier Performance” Program, DARPA
    • Douglas Jerothe, Deputy Director, Joint Non-Lethal Weapons Directorate
    • Dr. Martin Libiki, Senior Management Scientist, RAND Corporation; author,Cyberdeterrence and Cyberwar
  3. Military robotics –ethical & legal ramifications
    • Chair –Dr Patrick Lin, Professor of Ethics, California Polytechnic University
    • Dr. Ron Arkin, Georgia Institute of Technology Regents’ Professor and Director of the Mobile Robot Laboratory;
      author, Governing Lethal Behavior in Autonomous Robots
    • Dr. Peter Asaro,Co-Director, International Committee for Robot Arms Control
    • BG Rick O’Meara (USA, ret.), Resident Research Fellow, USNA Stockdale Center
  4. Guest speaker MG Charles Dunlap, Deputy JAG, USAir Force
  5. Soldier enhancements–ethical & legal ramifications
    • Chair –COL James Cook, Professor and Chair, Department of Philosophy, US Air Force Academy
    • Dr. Max Mehlman, Professor of Bioethics, Case Western University; author, The Price of Perfection: Individualism and Society in the Era of Biomedical Enhancement
    • Dr. Patrick Lin, Professor of Ethics, California Polytechnic University; author, Ethics of Human Enhancement: 25 Questions & Answers
    • Joel Garreau, Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law, Arizona State University; author, Radical Evolution: The Promise and Peril of Enhancing Our Minds, Our Bodies—and What It Means to Be Human

Day 2: Friday, 23 April

  1. Welcome –VADM Jeffrey L. Fowler, USN, Superintendent, USNA
  2. Non-lethal weapons –ethical & legal ramifications
    • Chair –Dr. Edward Barrett, Director of Research, USNA Stockdale Center
    • David Koplow, Georgetown Law School and OSD - Policy Special Consul for Arms Control; author, Non-Lethal Weapons: The Law and Policy of Revolutionary Technologies for the Military and Law Enforcement
    • Susan Levine, Principal Deputy Director for Policy & Strategy, Joint Non-Lethal Weapons Directorate
    • Dr. Stephen Coleman, Resident Research Fellow, USNA Stockdale Center and Senior Lecturer in Ethics, Australian Defense Academy
  3. Cyberwarfare –ethical & legal ramifications
    • Chair –Dr. Brad Allenby, Lincoln Professor of Engineering and Ethics, Arizona State University
    • Dr. Randall Dipert, C.S. Peirce Professor of American Philosophy, SUNY Buffalo
    • Duncan Hollis, Associate Professor of Law, Temple University; author, New Tools, New Rules: International Law and Information Operations
    • Dr. George Lucas, Class of 1984 Distinguished Chair in Ethics, US Naval Academy
  4. Guest speaker: Dr. P.W. Singer, Senior Fellow, Foreign Policy, Brookings Institution; author, Wired for War: The Robotics Revolution and Conflict in the 21st Century
  5. Security & military ramifications
    • Chair –CAPT Karl Hasslinger (USN, ret.), Director of Washington Operations, General Dynamics Electric Boat<
    • VADM Bernard McCullough, III, Commander, US Fleet Cyber Command and Commander, US 10thFleet, U.S. Navy
    • MG James Poss, Director, ISR Strategy, Plans, Doctrine, and Force Development, US Air Force
    • Dr. Andrew May, OSD-Net Assessment
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