Emerging Military Technologies

Ethical and Legal Perspectives


The speed of technological change is demonstrated not least by the new military technologies that are in use or are currently being developed. For example, the use of remote-controlled and semi-autonomous weapons systems has long been standard in the armed forces, and advances in artificial intelligence mean that more "decision-making " can be expected to be transferred to the machines used by the military. But not everything that is technologically possible is ethically justifiable.
This volume, which brings together contributions to an annual conference of the European Chapter of the International Society for Military Ethics, attempts to address the ethical and legal problems posed by emerging military technologies. In a number of exciting essays, internationally renowned researchers present their insights.

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Bernhard Koch, Dr. (2006), Institute for Theology and Peace, its deputy director, is a Philosopher and teaches Ethics at the universities of Frankfurt/Main and Freiburg/Breisgau. He has mainly published on Ancient Philosophy and on Ethics of Technology.

Richard Schoonhoven, Dr. (2000), is an Associate Professor of Philosophy at the United States Military Academy at West Point. His main research interests are in the Philosophy of Science and Military Ethics.

List of Figures and Tables

 EuroISME – Introduction
  Richard Schoonhoven

part 1
1 The Ethical Implications of Emerging Technologies in Warfare Opening Speech
  BG Benoit Royal

2 EuroISME – Inaugural Address
  H.E. Marcelino Oreja Aguirre

3 The Ethical Implications of Emerging Technologies in Warfare
  Emmanuel Bloch

part 2
4 Exploring Western and Chinese Responses to the Ethical Challenge of Lethal Autonomous Weapons
  Deane-Peter Baker

5 Artificial Intelligence in Military Decision-Making Avoiding Ethical and Strategic Perils with an Option-Generator Model
  Shannon E. French and Lisa N. Lindsay

6 Discussing Issues of Responsibility, Accountability and Liability When ai Agents Decide and Act During War The Case of Training Algorithms for Attacking Possible Targets
  Ioanna K. Lekea, Panagiotis Karampelas, George Anthimou, and Konstantinos Michail

part 3
7 Are Public Concerns over the Use of Drone Operations Ethically Justified?
  Peter Brunton

8 The Use of drones in Armed Conflict – Ethical Aspects of Emerging Military Technology
  Tamar Meisels

9 The Loss of Innocence in the Age of Drones Redefining the Notion of Innocence in the Context of Drone Warfare
  Dragan Stanar

10 Technology, Justice and the Return of Humanitarian Terrorism
  Boris Kashnikov

part 4
11 The Enhanced Soldier: Ethical Issues
  Gérard de Boisboissel

part 5
12 Special Units and Emerging Technologies Environmental and Organizational Features and their Influence on Ethical Considerations
  Zipi Gushpantz

13 Preparing Leaders of Character for Complex Conflict
  Christopher Luedtke and Christopher Miller

   Short Afterword from a German Perspective
  Bernhard Koch


Academics, military personell, security and Defence policy, students of ethics of warfare resp. technology, military academies.
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