Outsourcing War to Machines
The Military Robotics Revolution
by Paul J. Springer
February 2018, 259pp, 6 1/8x9 1/4
1 volume, Praeger

Hardcover: 978-1-4408-3085-3
$69, £54, 60€, A95
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More than 50 countries employ some form of military robots in their armed forces.

Military robots are affecting both the decision to go to war and the means by which wars are conducted. This book covers the history of military robotics, analyzes their current employment, and examines the ramifications of their future utilization.

Robotic systems are the future of military conflicts: their development is already revolutionizing the nature of human conflict—and eroding the standards of acceptable behavior in wartime. Written by a professor who teaches strategy and leadership for the U.S. Air Force, one of the global leaders in the development and utilization of military robots, this book both addresses the history of military robotics and discusses the troubling future ramifications of this game-changing technology.

Organized both chronologically and thematically, the book’s chapters describe the development and evolution of unmanned warfare; clarify the past, current, and future capabilities of military robotics; and offer a detailed and convincing argument that limits should be placed upon their development before it is too late. This standout work presents an eye-opening analysis that military personnel, civil servants, and academic instructors who teach military history, social policy, and ethics can ill afford to ignore, and will also provide the general public with information that will correct misconceptions about military robotics derived through popular culture and the news media.


  • Clearly identifies the links between the technological developments of the most recent innovations and the ethical and legal challenges of the future
  • Presents accurate, up-to-date information that is grounded in scholarly research regarding an ever-changing field
  • Clarifies the capabilities aspect of military robotics and offers detailed analysis on why limits need to be placed on their development
  • Includes tables, charts, and photographs to illustrate the main points of the text
Paul J. Springer, PhD, is professor of comparative military studies and chair of the Department of Research at the Air Command and Staff College, Maxwell Air Force Base, AL. He is a Senior Fellow of the Foreign Policy Research Institute. His published works include ABC-CLIO's Military Robots and Drones: A Reference Handbook as well as America's Captives: Treatment of POWs from the Revolutionary War to the War on Terror and Transforming Civil War Prisons: Lincoln, Lieber, and the Politics of Captivity. Springer holds a doctorate in military history from Texas A&M University.

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