Maj. Gen. Robert Latiff (Ret., USAF) and Patrick McCloskey have co-authored an op-ed in the March 15 issue of the Wall Street Journal.
The op-ed, titled "With Drone Warfare, America Approaches the Robo-Rubicon," explores the ethics of autonomous weapons systems and calls for a debate among military decision-makers, think tanks, politicians, and the public regarding both the parameters for research and the deployment of these weapons.
Latiff, a "triple domer," is an adjunct professor for the Reilly Center for Science, Technology, and Values. He is also a research professor and adjunct faculty member at George Mason University. Dr. Latiff retired from the U.S. Air Force as a Major General in 2006 and is now a private consultant, providing advice on advanced technology matters to corporate and government clients and to universities. He is a member of the Reilly Center's Emerging Technologies of National Security and Intelligence (ETNSI) initiative.
McCloskey is currently on the faculty of Loyola University Chicago’s School of Education. He has written for many prestigious publications, including the New York Times, City Journal, and Business Week. In 2009, the University of California Press published McCloskey’s book, The Street Stops Here: A Year at a Catholic High School in Harlem, to critical acclaim.
Both authors serve on the advisory board for the John J. Reilly Center for Science, Technology, and Values at the University of Notre Dame.