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Is it right to program machines to kill? The proliferation of drones in combat has challenged traditional understanding of
justice in war. For example, drones have been used to strike enemy targets outside of the context of war. More
concerning, algorithms are increasingly taking the place of decision making once reserved exclusively to the morally
responsible military actor. MAJ Joshua Lehman teaches philosophy and the ethics of war at West Point. Experience as
an operations officer with responsibility for drone strikes informs his study of the ethics of drone warfare. In his
presentation, Major Lehman will discuss Just War Theory, the corresponding framework for using drones in combat, and
the ethics and implications of the increasing autonomy of drones.

Major Joshua Lehman from the United States Military Academy at West Point presents this talk on January 26, 2022 at 4 pm Eastern.

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