Dr. Robert H. Latiff retired from the U.S. Air Force as a Major General in 2006. He is a consultant, providing advice on advanced technology matters to corporate and government clients and to universities. Dr. Latiff is an Adjunct Faculty Member with the John J. Reilly Center for Science, Technology, and Values at the University of Notre Dame. He is also a Research Professor at George Mason University, with interests primarily in technologies to support the U.S. Intelligence Community.
Major General Latiff received his Ph.D. and his M.S. in materials science and his B.S. in Physics from the University of Notre Dame and is a graduate of the National Security Fellows Program at Harvard’s JFK School of Government. He is a member of the Intelligence Community Studies Board and the Committee on International Security and Arms Control of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine.
An urgent, prescient, and expert look at how future technology will change virtually every aspect of war as we know it and how we can respond to the serious national security challenges ahead.
Future war is almost here: battles fought in cyberspace; biologically enhanced soldiers; autonomous systems that can process information and strike violently before a human being can blink.
The evolving, complex world of conflict and technology demands that we pay more attention to the issues that will confront us, before it is too late to control them. Decrying what he describes as a “broken” relationship between the military and the public it serves, Future War issues a bold wake-up call to military planners and weapons technologists, decision makers, and the nation as a whole as we prepare for a very different future.
Ethics of Weapons Technologies
Intelligence Community Programs
• Strategic Minerals
• Space Architectures
• Systems Engineering
Corporate Research and Development
• System Program Director, Joint STARS, Hanscom AFB
• Commander, Cheyenne Mountain Operations Center
• Director, Advanced Systems and Technology, NRO
• Deputy Director, System Engineering, NRO
Defense Industrial Policy
Advanced Micro-Structure Evaluation
Managing Materials for a
Twenty-first Century Military
Report on the National Defense Stockpile (NDS), that has been stockpiling critical strategic materials for national defense. Current threats are more varied, production and processing of key materials is more globally dispersed, the global competition for raw materials is increasing, the U.S. military is... LINK
Fighting for the Ethical Use of Technology
Enhanced soldiers. Autonomous weapons systems. Ever-present surveillance. Across the globe weapons technology advancements seem to be developed at an astonishing rate. While these technologies hold great potential...
Emerging and Readily Available
Technologies and National Security
A study on the ethical, legal, and societal issues relating to the research on, development of, and use of rapidly changing technologies with low barriers of entry that have potential military application, such as information technologies, synthetic biology, and nanotechnology... LINK
The New York Times
"... centers on the arsenal of the high-tech era: drones, cyberwarfare, robotics, data mining, soldier enhancement by prostheses or drugs. Just because we have these weapons, he asked the class, should we use them? If we use them, how can we stop others from using them? ..." LINK
3D Printing in Space
Additive manufacturing has the potential to positively affect human spaceflight operations by enabling the in-orbit manufacture of replacement parts and tools, which could reduce existing logistics requirements for the International Space Station and future long-duration human space missions... LINK
Pre-Milestone A and
Early-Phase Systems Engineering
The ability of U.S. military forces to field new weapons systems quickly and to contain their cost growth has declined significantly over the past few decades. There are many causes including increased complexity, funding instability, bureaucracy, and more diverse user demands, but a view that is gaining... LINK
The Routledge Handbook
of Military Ethics
Ethical Issues in Defense Systems Acquisition Chapter in The Routledge Handbook of Military Ethics, a comprehensive reference work that addresses concerns held in common by the military services of many nations. It attempts to discern both moral dilemmas and clusters of moral principles held in... LINK
When we think about arms control and disarmament, we generally are concerned with weapons, not technology. In the past, governments invested in and controlled tech- nologies that were then implemented in weapons of war. To date, it has been governments... LINK
Reilly Center Conference
Ahead of the Curve Lecture
"Ahead Of The Curve: Anticipating Ethical, Legal, and Societal Issues Posed by Emerging Weapons Technologies" April 22-23, 2014 at the University of Notre Dame's John J. Reilly Center for Science, Technology, and Values.
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