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2022 Norwich University Military Writers’ Symposium

NORTHFIELD, Vt. —Norwich University hosts the 28th Annual Military Writers’ Symposium Oct. 12 to Oct. 13. The symposium, which will address “Robots Rising: Arming Artificial Intelligence,” is free and open to the public.

The Norwich University Military Writers’ Symposium, the only program of its kind at an American university, convenes authors and experts in military history, intelligence and current affairs to offer important perspectives on pressing global concerns.

Warfare has changed – combat is no longer relegated to singular battlefronts or even to the kinetic world. Battles are now fought block to block in city streets, in the air without pilots, in cyberspace and very likely, in space. What was once science fiction is now reality. Among all these changes is the unprecedented advancement of robotics over the past ten years. Rapid developments in artificial intelligence (AI) have created new possibilities for robotic applications. Artificial intelligence systems and robotics are being adopted across many sectors of society, to include infrastructure, business, security and defense applications. How do we combat against bad actor hacking of essential infrastructure functions? How does the deployment of artificially intelligent robots armed with the latest lethal weaponry alter the current and future battlefield? What are the concerns of AI networks in direct combat with other AI networks? What ethical concerns come with allowing these types of systems to run wild?

The 2022 Norwich University Military Writers’ Symposium will examine the good, the bad, and the ugly of the rise of robotics and artificial intelligence as a force multiplier from the perspective of some of the globe’s leading experts in the field.

Presenters include:

  • John Abele, Founding Chairman (Retired), Boston Scientific Corporation
  • August Cole, Non-Resident Senior Fellow, Brute Krulak Center for Innovation and Creativity, Marine Corps University
  • Lyle Goldstein, Ph.D., Director of Asia Engagement, Defense Priorities
  • Marko Kloos, Author
  • Wesley Morgan, 2022 Colby Award Winner, Journalist and Author of “The Hardest Place”
  • Sharon Weinberger, National Security & Foreign Policy Editor, The Wall Street Journal
  • Martha Wells, Sci-Fi and Fantasy Author

Symposium Highlights include: a presentation at 11 a.m. Oct. 13 in Mack Hall Auditorium by 2022 Colby Award recipient Wesley Morgan for his book “The Hardest Place: The American Military Adrift in Afghanistan’s Pech Valley,” (Random House, 2021) the story of one of the 21st century's most unforgiving battlefields and a portrait of the American military that fought there.

The book discussion will be moderated by Assistant Professor of History Dr. Nicholas Roberts and co-moderated by student Cadet 2LT Drukhshan Farhad ’23, a Norwich University Humanities Initiative Student Fellow and Afghan native.

Morgan has covered the U.S. military and its wars in Afghanistan and Iraq since 2007, when he began embedding with combat units as a 19-year-old freelancer. From 2017 to 2020, he covered the Pentagon for Politico, and his reporting has appeared in The Washington Post, The New York Times, The Atlantic, and other outlets as well as in Michael Gordon and Bernard Trainor's book “The Endgame,” on which he worked in Iraq and the United States as a researcher. He's a Boston-area native and a Princeton University graduate.

Another symposium highlight is the panel discussion at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 12, in Plumley Armory with distinguished presenters August Cole, Martha Wells, Sharon Weinberger, and Liran Antebi. They join for a panel discussion on the symposium’s theme of “Robots Rising: Arming Artificial Intelligence,” moderated by U.S. Army Retired Colonel Scott A. Nelson.

This year continues student research participation: at 1 p.m. on Oct. 13, three Richard S. Schultz ’60 Symposium Fellow & Military Writers’ Symposium Fellows – Elaina Latino ’24, Gabriel Williams ’23 & Wesley Dewey ’23 – will convene a panel discussion on topics related to the symposium theme.

Find the full schedule here. Live streaming begins at 9 a.m. see the links in the schedule to join.

The Norwich University Military Writers’ Symposium is hosted by the John and Mary Frances Patton Peace and War Center, a Norwich University academic center of excellence for students, scholars, and practitioners seeking to advance interdisciplinary knowledge on the relationship between peace and warfare at local, national, and global levels.

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Norwich University is a diversified academic institution that educates traditional-age students and adults in a Corps of Cadets and as civilians. Norwich offers a broad selection of traditional and distance-learning programs culminating in baccalaureate and graduate degrees. Norwich University was founded in 1819 by Captain Alden Partridge of the U.S. Army and is the oldest private military college in the United States of America. Norwich is one of our nation's six senior military colleges and the birthplace of the Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC). www.norwich.edu

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