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Defense analyst Singer discusses robots and war

Tuesday, Feb. 17, 2009, 4:30 p.m. Dodds Auditorium, Robertson Hall

"Robots and War: Everything You Were Afraid to Ask ... Afraid to Ask ... Afraid to Ask" is the title of a lecture by defense analyst, author and Princeton alumnus P.W. Singer set for 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 17, in Dodds Auditorium, Robertson Hall.

Singer, a 1997 Princeton graduate who concentrated in the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, is a senior fellow and director of the 21st Century Defense Initiative at the Brookings Institution. He is the youngest scholar to be named a senior fellow in the think tank's 90-year history.

The lecture will explore issues covered in Singer's latest book, "Wired for War: The Robotics Revolution and Conflict in the 21st Century," which looks at the implications of new technologies for war, politics, ethics and law. A book signing will immediately follow the talk.

Singer's research focuses on three core issues: the future of war, current U.S. defense needs and future priorities, and the future of the U.S. defense system. He served as coordinator of the defense policy task force for Barack Obama's presidential campaign.

Singer has published articles in major newspapers and journals, including The New York Times, The Washington Post and Foreign Affairs, and has provided commentary on military affairs for broadcast outlets in the United States and abroad. He also is a founder and organizer of the U.S.-Islamic World Forum, a global conference that brings together leaders from across the United States and the Muslim world.

The talk is sponsored by the Wilson School.

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