History Department News

The Future of Unmanned Naval Technologies: A Second Look

A Discussion with Admiral Gary Roughead, Chief of Naval Operations

Friday, May 13, 2011, 11:00 am — 12:00 pm

The Brookings Institution, Falk Auditorium, 1775 Massachusetts Ave, NW, Washington, DC

On May 13, the 21st Century Defense Initiative at Brookings will host Admiral Gary Roughead, chief of naval operations, for a discussion of the U.S. Navy’s use of unmanned naval technologies. Admiral Roughead, who addressed this issue at Brookings in 2009, will give an update on the development and integration of these systems into the current and future Navy force structure; the challenges that the Navy has encountered in deploying these systems; and the lessons learned to date. He will also address the major operational challenges and benefits of new and rapidly evolving technologies and speak to the doctrinal, legal and ethical questions that arise when using unmanned naval systems.

Admiral Roughead is the highest ranking officer in the U.S. Navy, and one of only two admirals to have commanded both the Atlantic and Pacific fleets. He also serves as a member of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

Senior Fellow Peter W. Singer, director of the 21st Century Defense Initiative and author of Wired for War: The Robotics Revolution and Conflict in the 21st Century (Penguin Group, 2009), will provide introductory remarks and moderate the discussion.

After the program, Admiral Roughead will take audience questions.
Introduction and Moderator
Peter W. Singer
Senior Fellow and Director, 21st Century Defense Initiative
The Brookings Institution
Featured Speaker
Admiral Gary RougheadChief of Naval Operations
United States Navy

   To RSVP for this event, please call the Office of Communications at 202.797.6105 or click here