Army of None: Autonomous Weapons and the Future of War

Paul Scharre (Author)


The era of autonomous weapons has arrived. Today around the globe, at least thirty nations have weapons that can search for and destroy enemy targets all on their own. Paul Scharre, a leading expert in next-generation warfare, describes these and other high tech weapons systems--from Israel's Harpy drone to the American submarine-hunting robot ship Sea Hunter--and examines the legal and ethical issues surrounding their use. "A smart primer to what's to come in warfare" (Bruce Schneier), Army of None engages military history, global policy, and cutting-edge science to explore the implications of giving weapons the freedom to make life and death decisions. A former soldier himself, Scharre argues that we must embrace technology where it can make war more precise and humane, but when the choice is life or death, there is no replacement for the human heart.

Product Details

$18.95  $17.43
W. W. Norton & Company
Publish Date
March 12, 2019
5.4 X 1.2 X 8.2 inches | 0.8 pounds

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About the Author

A former U.S. Army Ranger who served in Iraq and Afghanistan, Paul Scharre is the director of the Technology and National Security Program at the Center for a New American Security. He is also a contributor to Foreign Policy, Politico, and the New York Times. He lives in Virginia.


One of the most interesting books on military affairs that I have read in some time.--Thomas E. Ricks
A must-read for anyone interested in AI and the future of warfare.
A tour de force of the future of war technology...A highly readable journey through the world of robots on the battlefield and beyond.--P.W. Singer, author of Wired for War and Ghost Fleet
An authoritative and sobering perspective on the automated battlefields that will very soon come to characterize military conflict.
In this comprehensive analysis, Scharre moves beyond the clich├ęs of 'killer robots.'--Lawrence D. Freeman
A one-stop guide book to the debates, the challenges, and yes, the opportunities that can come from autonomous warfare.
A sober, policy-focused primer on what is coming...written in an interesting and accessible manner.
Army of None delivers what will likely be the most important general-audience book on this topic for at least the next decade.