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Ethics and Future Soldiers
 
A U.S. Army mobile robot can roll to a patient's bedside and enable two-way, real time communication between a physician and a patient, patient's family, and other physicians and nurses.  (Photo: Army Institute of Surgical Research)  

 

THE SOLDIER-CYBORG TRANSFORMATION:
A FRAMEWORK FOR ANALYSIS OF SOCIAL AND ETHICAL ISSUES OF FUTURE WARFARE

Donald A. Gagliano, M.D.
Lieutenant Colonel, United States Army

USAWC Class of 1998

The views expressed in the document are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of the U.S. Army War College, the U.S. Army National Guard, the U.S. Department of the Army, the U.S. Department of Defense, or the U.S. Government.

 

SUMMARY

Combining man and machine to enhance innate soldier capabilities is the hallmark of a soldier-cyborg transformation. Increasing the man-machine interface in the unpredictable environment of war has enormous potential to change the human dimension of war.

This US Army War College student author looks closely at the issues of values, ethics, and leadership concerning technologically advanced armed forces as they move warfare into the unfamiliar world of the cyborg.



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