ADVISORY: Discussion on the Ethical, Legal, and Societal Challenges of New and Emerging Military Technologies

Washington, D.C. — On Thursday, April 3, the Center for American Progress will host a discussion on the ethical, legal, and societal challenges often sparked by developments in science and technology for military and national security. The discussion, which will feature distinguished panelists Maj. Gen. R.H. Latiff (Ret.) and Herbert S. Lin, Ph.D., will center on emerging and readily available technologies, including those that have the potential for doing harm to U.S. interests on a large scale.

ELSI-related challenges are accentuated in a context of new technologies that are accessible at relatively low cost compared to more traditional militarily relevant technologies, such as nuclear weapons, and thus are within the reach of less technologically advanced nations, non-state actors, and even individuals. In 2010, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency asked the National Academies to develop a framework for policymakers, institutions, and individual researchers to use in thinking through ethical, legal, and societal issues as they relate to research and development on emerging and readily available technologies with military or other national security relevance.


Rudy deLeon, Senior Fellow, Center for American Progress

Distinguished panelists:
Maj. Gen. R.H. Latiff (Ret.), University of Notre Dame
Herbert S. Lin, Ph.D., The National Academies

Jonathan D. Moreno, University of Pennsylvania and Senior Fellow, Center for American Progress


Thursday, April 3, 2014
11:30 a.m. ET – 1:00 p.m. ET
A light lunch will be served at 11:00 a.m.


Center for American Progress
1333 H St. NW, 10th Floor
Washington, D.C. 20005


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For more information, contact Anne Shoup at or 202.481.7146.