Date of Award
Master of Arts (MA)
Dr. Andrew Altman
Dr. Andrew I. Cohen
Autonomous Weapon Systems (AWS) are the next logical advancement for military technology. There is a significant concern though that by allowing such systems on the battlefield, we are collectively abdicating our moral responsibility. In this thesis, I will examine two arguments that advocate for a total ban on the use of AWS. I call these arguments the “Responsibility” and the “Agency” arguments. After presenting these arguments, I provide my own objections and demonstrate why these arguments fail to convince. I then provide an argument as to why the use of AWS is a rational choice in the evolution of warfare. I conclude my thesis by providing a framework upon which future international regulations regarding AWS could be built.
Cantrell, Hunter B., "Arguments for Banning Autonomous Weapon Systems: A Critique." Thesis, Georgia State University, 2019.