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Robo-Ethics: Rhetoric vs Reality - A Symposium for the warfighter
25-26 January 2012
Pentagon Conference Center - Room B6
(DoD Only)


Panel Two - Rules of War: The Law of Armed Conflict

Wednesday, 25 January 2012, 1330 - 1530

The second panel will review the law of armed conflict and those aspects of applicable treaties, international and U.S. law, and Department of Defense instructions guiding development and utilization of robotic technologies. Panelists will discuss how these guidelines may inform policy development, e.g. design and performance requirements, and boundaries and metrics governing operational utilization.

Richard “Rick” O’Meara, JD, PhD, Brigadier General, U.S. Army Reserve (Ret) is a combat veteran of the Vietnam War (1967-1970), and a soldier's lawyer. His decorations include the Silver Star, 3 Bronze Stars and 2 Purple Hearts. In 1972, he joined the JAGC, retiring after 35 years from the U.S. Army in 2002. Since retiring he has been a research fellow at the VADM Stockdale Center for Ethical Leadership at the U.S. Naval Academy (2009-2010), where he focused on military sociology, governance and international law issues arising out of transformation of institutions as a result of globalization and emerging technologies.

Professor Raul Pedrozo, JD, LLM, Captain, USN (ret) is an Associate Professor at the Naval War College in the International Law Department, Center for Naval Warfare Studies. After 33 years of active duty in the Navy JAGC, Professor Pedrozo joined the faculty of the Naval War College, where he is recognized for his expertise and publishing in law of the sea, law of armed conflict, arms control, unmanned systems, counter- proliferation, piracy, counter-narcotics, the Arctic, international peace operations, humanitarian assistance/domestic relief operations and transnational organized crime.

LCDR William Kuebler, JAGC, USN is assigned to the International and Operational Law Division (Code 10) at the Navy Office of the Judge Advocate General.  In this position he provides counsel on all law of armed conflict operational matters; assists in development of OPLANS, CONPLANS and Rules of Engagement (ROE); and provides counsel in development of U.S. policy on the law of armed conflict.


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For more information send an e-mail to cruser@nps.edu.