Man, the Machine, and War

Deputy Secretary of Defense Robert Work recently announced that the core of the United States’ new “offset strategy” to counter emerging operational and technological threats from Russia and China will be a “centaur” approach of teaming humans with machine intelligence of varying levels of autonomy. The offset strategy, often described as a “competitive strategy,” aims to convince a putative group of future opponents that the cost of opposing the United States is too high by teaming humans and machines.

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Adam Elkus was a fellow in the Cybersecurity Initiative. He is a Ph.D. student in Computational Social Science at George Mason University, and currently serves as a Technology Research Analyst for Crucial Point, LLC and a columnist for War on the Rocks.