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  • September 16, 2019

The Future of Autonomy in Combat

Robert Work Interviewed by John King

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AI-enabled autonomy continues to transform all the major sectors of society — and national security is no exception. But when you think about it, autonomy on the battlefield isn’t necessarily a new concept. Some may argue that the automatic machine gun and even the land mine has some degree of autonomy to it. In this video, we talk to Secretary Bob Work about the future of autonomy in combat and what some of those applications will look like.

Secretary Robert O. Work is the Distinguished Senior Fellow for Defense and National Security at the Center for a New American Security and the owner of TeamWork, LLC, which specializes in national security affairs and the future of warfare.

Secretary Work previously served as the Deputy Secretary of Defense, where he was responsible for overseeing the day-to-day business of the Pentagon and developing the Department’s $600 billion defense program. He is widely credited for his work with leaders in the Department and the intelligence community on the “Third Offset Strategy,” which aimed to restore U.S. conventional overmatch over its strategic rivals and adversaries. He was awarded DoD’s Distinguished Public Service Award (twice), the National Intelligence Distinguished Public Service Award, and the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Joint Distinguished Civilian Service Award.