In 2019, SPL received a two-year grant from the Center for Emerging Technologies (CSET) at Georgetown University to conduct research on Artificial Intelligence (AI) and national security, law, ethics, and policy.

This research will seek solutions to national security risks raised by the emergence of AI while balancing the many legal and ethical concerns raised by its misapplication. IPL faculty—including the SPL Director the Hon. James E. Baker, Deputy Direct Robert Murrett, Professor Laurie Hobart, and Research Fellow Matthew Mittelsteadt—are working in collaboration to publish research and white papers to help drive the conversation on AI national security policy.


Book: The Centaur’s Dilemma—National Security Law for the Coming AI Revolution

The Hon. James E. Baker

250 Pages
Brookings Institution Press
Publishing date: July 14, 2020
Paperback ISBN: 9780815737995

The increasing use of artificial intelligence poses challenges and opportunities for nearly all aspects of society, including the military and other elements of the national security establishment. This book addresses how national security law can and should be applied to artificial intelligence, which enables a wide range of decisions and actions not contemplated by current law. Written in plain English, The Centaur’s Dilemma will help guide policymakers, lawyers, and technology experts as they deal with the many legal questions that will arise when using artificial intelligence to plan and carry out the actions required for the nation’s defense.

Symposium: National Security Law and the Coming AI Revolution

On Oct. 28, 2020, Syracuse University Institute for Security Policy and Law and the Center for Security and Emerging Technology at Georgetown University’s Walsh School of Foreign Service presented a one-day virtual symposium on “National Security Law and the Coming AI Revolution,” including panels on:

  • AI & the Law of Armed Conflict
  • AI & National Security Ethics: Bias, Data, & Principles
  • AI & National Security Decision-Making
Visit the Symposium webpage
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