technology ethics security

Aerospace Defense

Robert Latiff, Ph.D

Maj. Gen. (Ret)


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.

Dr. Robert H. Latiff

Consultant, Speaker, Author


Future War

Preparing for the New Global Battlefield

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.

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  • 2010-Present

    Adjunct Professor
    University of Notre Dame

    Ethics of Weapons Technologies

  • 2009-Present

    Research Professor
    George Mason University

    Intelligence Community Programs

  • 2009-Present

    Research and Technology Consultant
    R Latiff Associates

    • Strategic Minerals
    • Space Architectures
    • Micro-Electronics
    • Systems Engineering

  • 2006-2009

    CTO, Space and Geospatial
    Science Applications International Corporation

    Corporate Research and Development

  • 1980-2006

    Major General
    U.S. Air Force

    • System Program Director, Joint STARS, Hanscom AFB
    • Commander, Cheyenne Mountain Operations Center
    • Director, Advanced Systems and Technology, NRO
    • Deputy Director, System Engineering, NRO

  • 1974-1980

    Unit Commander
    U.S. Army


  • 1991

    National Security Fellows Program
    Harvard University, JFK School of Government

    Defense Industrial Policy

  • 1974

    Doctorate in Materials Science
    University of Notre Dame

    Advanced Micro-Structure Evaluation

  • 1973

    Master's in Materials Science
    University of Notre Dame

    Alloy Development

  • 1973

    Bachelor of Science in Physics
    University of Notre Dame

Consulting Services

Providing government organizations and defense contractors with strategic and technical solutions

Space Technology

Satellite Operations

Command and Control

Defense Industrial and Manufacturing Technologies

Defense and Intelligence Research and Development

Strategic & Critical Minerals and Materials



Managing Materials for a
Twenty-first Century Military


Fighting for the Ethical Use of Technology


Emerging and Readily Available
Technologies and National Security


The New York Times


3D Printing in Space


Pre-Milestone A and
Early-Phase Systems Engineering


The Routledge Handbook
of Military Ethics


Disarmament Times


Reilly Center Conference
Ahead of the Curve Lecture


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