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Book Launch Event: Army of None: Autonomous Weapons and the Future of War by Paul Scharre

Apr 24, 2018
5:30pm to 8:00pm

The Madison
Washington, DC

On the behalf of the Center for a New American Security, you are cordially invited to the launch of Paul Scharre’s new book Army of None: Autonomous Weapons and the Future of War, which will take place on Tuesday, April 24th from 5:30pm to 8:00pm at The Madison in downtown Washington, DC.

Militaries around the world are racing to build robotic systems with increasing autonomy. What will happen when a Predator drone has as much autonomy as a Google car? Should machines be given the power to make life and death decisions in war? Paul Scharre, a former Army Ranger and Pentagon official, will talk on his new book, Army of None: Autonomous Weapons and the Future of War. Scharre will explore the technology behind autonomous weapons and the legal, moral, ethical, and strategic dimensions of this evolving technology. Paul Scharre is a Senior Fellow and Director of the Technology and National Security Program at the Center for a New American Security.

This Event Will Feature:

  • Opening remarks by Robert O. Work, former Deputy Secretary of Defense and an outspoken advocate for U.S. military dominance in autonomy and artificial intelligence
  • A presentation by Paul Scharre on the book
  • A panel discussion with Mr. Scharre; Steve Goose, Executive Director of the Arms Division at Human Rights Watch and co-founder of the Campaign to Stop Killer Robots; and Dr. Rebecca Crootof, Executive Director of the Information Society Project at Yale Law School. Their discussion will come on the heels of the United Nations meeting on autonomous weapons only two weeks earlier in April.
  • Reception and book signing


5:30 – 6:00 pm  Cocktail reception
6:00 – 6:10 pm  Opening remarks by Robert O. Work, former Deputy Secretary of Defense
6:10 – 6:30 pm  Presentation by Paul Scharre on Army of None
6:30 – 7:15 pm  Panel discussion on autonomous weapons with Paul Scharre, Steve Goose, and Dr. Rebecca Crootof
7:15 – 8:00 pm  Book signing and reception

RSVP's are required for this event, but community members can also join by watching an online livestream here:

Map showing event location
The Madison
1177 15th St NW
Washington, DC 20005