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. Mr. Scharre has published articles in Proceedings, Armed Forces Journal, Joint Force Quarterly, Military Review, and in academic technical journals.
Assistant Editor John Waters: In CNAS’ recent working paper, “An Introduction to Autonomy in Weapon Systems,” an autonomous system is defined as a machine that performs some task or function on its own. Based on the complexities of robotic judgment and decision-making, do you foresee the greatest potential for autonomous drones in force protection, surveillance and reconnaissance, precision targeting, logistics/troop transport, command and control (C2) or combat roles? Why?