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The Lethal Autonomous Weapons Governmental Meeting (Part I: Coping with Rapid Technological Change)

This week nations meet at the United Nations to discuss lethal autonomous weapon systems (LAWS), including robotic weapons that might hunt for targets on their own. It has been 18 months since meetings were last held. This year’s discussions, the fourth since 2014, mark the first time talks will be held as a Group of Governmental Experts (GGE), a more formal discussion format than earlier talks.…   continue »

Congressional Oversight and the Niger Attack


President Donald Trump’s handling of military condolences has dominated the coverage of the Oct. 4 deaths of four U.S. Special Operations forces soldiers in Niger. However, there are a number of other unresolved questions that call for congressional inquiry and consideration.…   continue »

Gun Violence Deserves As Robust a Response as Terrorism


When videos from the mass shooting in Las Vegas began circulating on social media last Sunday night, I immediately recognized the rapid sound of automatic gunfire. I knew the sound from my time serving in the Army, which I joined in part to ensure that Americans would not have to hear the sounds or see the sights of war at home.…   continue »

Why Posse Comitatus is Not Immediately Applicable to the Military’s Mission in Puerto Rico


The Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, a territory of the United States where 3.4 million U.S. citizens reside, is suffering a humanitarian crisis following Hurricane Maria. Lt. Gen. Buchanan, the Defense Department’s primary liaison with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), has declared that the devastation is the “worst he has ever seen.” To date, at least 16 people have died (and that number is expected to rise), and it is estimated that half the population is without drinking water.…   continue »

A Dream Deferred: Rescinding DACA Makes Us Less Secure


While rescinding  Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, fits comfortably into the thematic vision of “America First” that resonates so well with President Donald Trump’s voter base, in reality the far-reaching ramifications of this anti-immigration decision are devastating and deeply undermine American values.…   continue »

West Point Grad: Rename Lee Barracks


West Point, my alma mater, is a source of great personal pride. It always has been, and it always will be. The institution has recently taken several steps worthy of particularly high praise. Just this month, West Point announced that it has for the first time chosen an African-American woman, Simone Askew, to hold the highest-ranking position in the cadet chain of command—First Captain.…   continue »

A Wrap-Up of Just Security’s Coverage of Trump’s Trans Ban


It’s been over two weeks since President Donald Trump tweeted his decision to ban transgender people from serving from the military. On the Wednesday it happened, the White House was caught flat-footed and could not provide basic information about how the ban would be implemented and what it would mean for the thousands of transgender service members serving in the military today, many of them deployed overseas.  continue »