P.W. Singer directs the Center for 21st Century Security and Intelligence. He shares thoughts on drones and the future of war.Continue reading
Why you should listen
Peter Warren Singer is the director of the 21st Century Defense Initiative at the Brookings Institution -- where his research and analysis offer an eye-opening take on what the 21st century holds for war and foreign policy. His latest book, Wired for War, examines how the US military has been, in the words of a recent US Navy recruiting ad, "working hard to get soldiers off the front lines" and replacing humans with machines for bombing, flying and spying. He asks big questions: What will the rise of war machines mean to traditional notions of the battlefield, like honor? His 2003 book Corporate Warriors was a prescient look at private military forces. It's essential reading for anyone curious about what went on to happen in Iraq involving these quasi-armies.
Singer is a prolific writer and essayist (for Brookings, for newspapers, and for Wired.com's great Threat Level), and is expert at linking popular culture with hard news on what's coming next from the military-industrial complex. Recommended: his recent piece for Brookings called "A Look at the Pentagon's Five-Step Plan for Making Iron Man Real."
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“Singer's strength lies in the way that he has meticulously pulled together practically all the available evidence and research.” — New York Review of Books
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On Friday, March 27, just as a surge of new deployments was being announced for Afghanistan, the TED Blog talked with military analyst P.W. Singer. Posted today, his TEDTalk discusses the use of robots in modern combat zones. In this interview, he applies his intensive knowledge of robotics and war to the situations the U.S. […]Continue reading
In this powerful talk, P.W. Singer shows how the widespread use of robots in war is changing the realities of human combat. He shows us scenarios straight out of science fiction — that now may not be so fictitious. (Recorded at TED2009, February 2009, in Long Beach, California. Duration: 16:06.) Watch P.W. Singer’s talk from […]Continue reading