Bold. Innovative. Bipartisan.
Bold. Innovative. Bipartisan.
Paul Scharre is a Senior Fellow and Director of the 20YY Future of Warfare Initiative at the Center for a New American Security.
From 2008-2013, Mr. Scharre worked in the Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD) where he played a leading role in establishing policies on unmanned and autonomous systems and emerging weapons technologies. Mr. Scharre led the DoD working group that drafted DoD Directive 3000.09, establishing the Department’s policies on autonomy in weapon systems. Mr. Scharre also led DoD efforts to establish policies on intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) programs and directed energy technologies. Mr. Scharre was involved in the drafting of policy guidance in the 2012 Defense Strategic Guidance, 2010 Quadrennial Defense Review, and Secretary-level planning guidance. His most recent position was Special Assistant to the Under Secretary of Defense for Policy.
Prior to joining OSD, Mr. Scharre served as a special operations reconnaissance team leader in the Army’s 3rd Ranger Battalion and completed multiple tours to Iraq and Afghanistan. He is a graduate of the Army’s Airborne, Ranger, and Sniper Schools and Honor Graduate of the 75th Ranger Regiment’s Ranger Indoctrination Program.
Mr. Scharre has published articles in The New York Times, Foreign Policy, Politico, Proceedings, Armed Forced Journal, Joint Force Quarterly, Military Review, and in academic technical journals. He has presented at the United Nations, NATO Defence College, Chatham House, National Defense University and numerous other defense-related conferences on robotics and autonomous systems, defense institution building, ISR, hybrid warfare, and the Iraq war. He has appeared as a commentator on CNN, MSNBC, NPR, the BCC, and Swiss and Canadian television. Mr. Scharre is a term member of the Council on Foreign Relations. He holds an M.A. in Political Economy and Public Policy and a B.S. in Physics, cum laude, both from Washington University in St. Louis.
Report proposes a strategy based on four key interlocking efforts and then describes how these efforts can be applied region by region in western Iraq, eastern Syria, southwest Syria, and northwest Syria.Read More
Paul Scharre and Kelley Sayler of CNAS’ Ethical Autonomy Project examine how autonomy is used in current and future weapons and prospects for human control.Read More
As tensions rise in the South China Sea, five CNAS experts have written a report arguing in favor of, and creating a roadmap for, a shared maritime domain awareness (MDA) for the South China Sea.Read More
20YY Future of Warfare Initiative Director Paul Scharre examines the risks in future autonomous weapons that would choose their own targets and the potential for catastrophic accidents.Read More
Defense Strategies and Assessments Program Senior Fellow Paul Scharre makes recommendations for enhancing strategic agility to adapt to a changing world.Read More
Paul Scharre testified before the Senate Armed Services Committee on the future of warfare.Read More
CNAS experts Paul Scharre, Michael Horowitz, and Kelley Sayler provide a pimer for UN delegates on autuomous weapons.Read More
Dr. Michael Horowitz and Paul Scharre assess statements made by those advocating for meaningful human control and studied the use of weapons today, which have varying degrees of autonomy.Read More
20YY Warfare Initiative Director Paul Scharre and Adjunct Senior Fellow Michael Horowitz discuss future military systems incorporating greater autonomy.Read More
In advance of Dr. Ashton Carter’s upcoming nomination hearing to be Secretary of Defense, CNAS experts have produced a series of commentaries outlining the key issues the 25th Secretary of Defense will face.Read More
As the defense and foreign ministers of 46 nations meet in Washington to discuss the counter-ISIS campaign, Middle East Security Program Director Ilan Goldenberg, 20YY Future of Warfare Initiative Director Paul Scharre, and Bacevich Fellow Nicholas Heras have written a new Press Note.Read More
Senior fellows Kelley Sayler and Paul Scharre discuss the benefits of having unmanned B-21 Bombers in The Fiscal Times.Read More
In the Washington Post, senior fellow Paul Scharre compares the dangers in Lybia to those in Syria as U.S. Military identify potential threats to LybiaRead More
In The New York Times, senior fellow Paul Scharre analyzes the risks of AI technologyRead More
In USA Today, Senior Fellow Paul Scharre discusses the benefits of using directed-energy weapons on the battlefield.Read More
In The New York Times, Senior Fellow Paul Scharre discusses human involvement in lethal force.Read More
CNAS experts Paul Scharre and Kelley Sayler have written a press note on autonomous weapons at the United Nations.Read More
In Fox News, 20YY Future of Warfare Initiative Director Paul Scharre weighs in on ethical autonomous weapons.Read More
On CNN, 20YY Future of Warfare Initiative Director Paul Scharre discusses the visibility of drones use to fight ISIS.Read More
On NPR affiliate WYPR, senior fellow Paul Scharre discusses the dangers and ethical delimma of lethal autonomous weapons.Read More
On an America Abroad podcast, Senior fellows Ben FitzGerald and Paul Scharre look at how drones are revolutionizing the skies, and how this technology has moved from science fiction to reality.Read More
Paul Scharre, senior fellow and director of the 20YY Warfare Initiative, testified before the Senate Armed Services Committee.Read More
Senior Fellow Paul Scharre joined RealClearPolitics as a panelist for their event with Sen. Tom Cotton: “Transforming Training for a 21st Century Threat Landscape.”Read More
Paul Scharre, senior fellow and director of the 20YY Warfare Initiative leads a discussion called "Unmanned and autonomous systems and emerging weapons technologies" during the 2015 Mad Scientist Conference.Read More
CNAS and the U.S. Department of State co-hosted a discussion on autonomous weapons featuring the following speakers:Tom Malinowski, Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights and LaborStuart Russell, Professor of Computer Science and Smith-Zadeh Professor in Engineering at University of California, BerkeleyPaul Scharre, Senior Fellow and Director of the CNAS 20YY Warfare InitiativeMissy Ryan, Pentagon Correspondent, The Washington PostRead More
President and Chief Executive Officer of Textron, Ellen Lord, Chief Executive Officer of Finmeccanica North America and DRS Technologies, Inc. William J. Lynn, Senior Fellow Paul Scharre, Senior Fellow Ben FitzGerald, and Associate Fellow Kelley Sayler discuss the use of drones and advances in their technology.Read More
On CNN's Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer, 20YY Warfare Initiative Senior Fellow and Director Paul ScharreRead More
CNAS recently held a working group session to discuss the capabilities and technologies that should be at the center of this strategy. In the video below, Paul Scharre, director of CNAS’s 20YY Warfare Initative, weighs in.Read More
20YY Warfare Initiative Director Paul Scharre discusses the threat of ISIS to service members.Read More