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14 Feb 14. Autonomous Military Technologies – Policy and Governance for Next Generation Defence Systems, 24 – 25 February 2014. A two-day international conference, Chatham House, London.
What are the emerging capabilities in autonomous weapons technology?
* How can policy-makers develop an adequate definition of autonomy?
* How does the US address the issue of autonomy in weapons systems?
* What are the current developments in unmanned air vehicle technologies?
* How is the role of military robotics in modern conflicts likely to develop?
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Speaker highlights
Professor Missy Cummings, Director, Humans and Autonomy Laboratory, Duke University
Chris Garside, Engineering Director, Future Combat Air Systems, BAE Systems
Christof Heyns, UN Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial summary or arbitrary executions
Dinesh Kumar, Scientific Advisor Headquarters Integrated Defense Staff, Ministry of Defence, India
Elizabeth Quintana, Director of Military Sciences, Royal United Services Institute
Paul Scharre, Fellow and Project Director for the 20YY Warfare Initiative, Center for a New American Security
Jean-Hugues Simon-Michel, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of France, Conference on Disarmament
David Turns, Senior Lecturer in International Law, Cranfield Defence and Security
Nathalie Weizmann, Legal Adviser, Arms Unit, International Committee of the Red Cross
Jody Williams, Nobel Laureate; Co-founder, Nobel Women’s Initiative
Caroline Wyatt, Defence Correspondent, BBC
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10 Feb 14. AUSA symposium: ‘Sustaining, Training, Equipping’ the force. The Association of the United States Army (AUSA) 2014 Winter Symposium and Exposition will be held in Huntsville, Ala., Feb. 19-21, at the Von Braun Center. The Army Materiel Command, headquartered at Redstone Arsenal in Huntsville and commanded by Gen. Dennis Via, is the featured command for this professional development forum. The symposium will focus on the theme: “America’s Army – Sustaining, Training, and Equipping for the Future,” that will highlight “preparing the Army for an unpredictable global security environment out to the year 2020 and beyond – while continuing the transition from combat operations in the U.S. Central Command’s area of responsibility,” Association officials said. This transformation must enable our soldiers to successfully operate across a wide spectrum of landpower operations. Gen. Gordon R. Sullivan, USA, Ret., AUSA president, said, “The symposium will also explore the concept of strategic landpower and how the Army’s significant capabilities will contribute to the Joint Force 2020, even as the nation’s fiscal challenges drive the Army to be smaller, more agile and, indeed, more capable.
“We have designed the symposium not only to deliver the Army’s message, but to display the capabilities of Army organizations and the AUSA members who provide them with commercial products and services. With nearly 200 exhibits and many informative and thought-provoking speaker sessions, this year’s symposium and exposition will be an outstanding event.”
Tech Ten
A program, developed two years ago by the Association of the United States Army’s Institute of Land Warfare, affords industry members with the opportunity to make 10-minute presentations at AUSA symposia, is a “dynamic and exciting addition to the program,” industry members said. Lt. Gen. Guy Swan, USA, Ret., AUSA’s vice president for education who oversees the programs and activities of the Institute of Land Warfare, said, “The addition of Tech Tens to our overall symposia program has proven to be a special and informative ingredient that puts the spotlight on industry research and development of equipment, arms and, most importantly, technology that is being developed by our industry partners for our soldiers of today and tomorrow.” Adding

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