SEST-713 Robotics and Future War
Spring for 2017-2018
Robotics on the battlefield—air and ground—are not a thing of the future. Neither are those in space or on and under the sea. They’re all here now. Their presence is growing as is their availability and pervasiveness, to include in the hands of non-peer competitors – even as our thinking about their use and the strategic and policy issues their proliferation raises has not kept pace. This course aims to provide students with an understanding of the current state and application of primarily military robotics. However, to understand the broader strategic and policy issues, we will also look into commercial robotics for their current and emerging capabilities and applications which might be readily applied to military needs. The course will investigate the tactical, operational, and strategic issues that are already emerging. And we’ll discuss the ethical dimension of this trend. More nations are using robots every day. But the development doesn’t end there. So, the course will specifically discuss the significant strategic and policy issues that develop when these technologies become readily available to non-state combatants. Smart application of commercially available technologies can quickly provide such combatants with less resilient but nevertheless robust, major military capabilities. Robots are changing the face of war; this course will introduce students to their effects at all levels.
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