Brown University School of Engineering

Engineering Seminar

Thursday, November 21, 2019

4:00pm - 5:00pm

School of Engineering

Barus and Holley, 168

Daniel J. Cormier, Ph.D., Military Professor , U.S. Naval War College, will present a talk: “The Links between Technology, Society and the Military: Less of a Choice, More of a Race”.

Abstract: The accelerating pace of technological breakthroughs may lead to radical changes in war and warfare. The causes of disruption come from a myriad of sources, such as artificial intelligence, nanotechnology, and robotics. Unfortunately, the character of international relations and global competition appears unable to add sufficient controls to arrest these trends or mitigate their effects. This will complicate efforts to harness new technologies solely for civilian purposes and create new security challenges for states and their militaries. The effort to acquire better technology is therefore better understood not as a choice, but as a race. In this seminar, we will examine the ways that technology, society, and the military are interconnected. We will explore historical examples of this linkage and the ways that traditional conceptions of international relations may help to address or be insufficient to the challenge.

Bio: Colonel Dan Cormier is an Army officer and currently teaching security studies in the National Security Affairs Department at the U.S. Naval War College. Prior to this assignment in Newport, RI, Dan was a professor at the U.S. Army War College in Carlisle, PA. His service has included a United Nations’ mission in Haiti and several combat tours in Iraq and Africa. In addition to these operational assignments, COL Cormier is a Foreign Area Officer (Middle East) and a graduate of the Moroccan Cours d’Etat-Major, the French École de guerre, and the French Institut des hautes études de défense nationale. He has a Ph.D. in history from Temple University and his academic interests explore diplomatic history, asymmetric war, counter-terrorism, and regional studies.

This seminar is part of ENGN1931J - Societal Impact of Emerging Technologies
Host: Professor Arto Nurmikko