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Paul Scharre

Paul Scharre
Paul Scharre is the author of Army of None: Autonomous Weapons and the Future of War. He is a senior fellow and Director of the Technology and National Security Program at the Center for a New American Security, and a former Army Ranger with multiple tours to Iraq and Afghanistan.
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Esper's Convenient Lie

The defense secretary's claim that the two decades of countering violent extremism left the U.S. under-prepared for a near-peer fight doesn’t hold water.

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The Defense Department Needs a Real Technology Strategy

To succeed in a long-term competition with China, the Department needs a transparent process to set spending priorities — not conflicting guidance and a shifting range of interests.

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The US Military Must Lighten Warfighters’ Loads

Five suggestions to reduce injury and increase combat efficiency.

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The US Military Should Not Be Doubling Down on Space

Satellites are only getting harder to defend. The Pentagon needs to find a better way to do its C4ISR and precision-navigation-timing missions.

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We’re Losing Our Chance to Regulate Killer Robots

After four years of nearly fruitless debate, nations are gathering once more to talk AI and autonomous weapons.

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The B-21 Bomber Should Be Unmanned on Day 1

So far, U.S. Air Force leaders have said only that it will eventually be able to fly without crew.

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It’s Time To Arm the Sunni Tribes

The United States must work with what partners it has available in Iraq, not fictitious ones it might prefer.

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Keeping Killer Robots on a Tight Leash

As militaries contemplate autonomous weapons technology, they must anticipate and plan for its consequences.

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To Save the Navy’s Next-Gen Drone, Kill It First

Aircraft carriers need better protection, so let’s restart the UCLASS program from scratch. By Paul Scharre and Shawn Brimley

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The U.S. Needs More Drones

The threat from terrorism is changing in ways that make intelligence collection all the more important. By Paul Scharre

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Time to Get Ready for War in the Robotic Age

The U.S. must prepare now for a world of widely proliferated military robotics. By Shawn Brimley and Paul Scharre