Autonomous Decision-Making Processes and the Responsible Cyber Commander
Jody Mailand Prescott
University of Vermont - Department of Political Science; West Point Center for the Rule of Law
June 5, 2013
As the industrialization of cyber war proceeds apace, an emerging consensus is developing that the law of armed conflict applies to those cyber operations that either do, or are intended to, injure people and damage their property. Cyber commanders will be responsible under the law of armed conflict for war crimes in this regard. At the same time, the likely pace of tomorrow's cyber operations will likely force cyber commanders to rely heavily on autonomous decision-making processes in order for them to remain operationally relevant. These processes must be designed so that they are compliant with the law of armed conflict if commanders are to rely upon them.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 18
Keywords: autonomous, robot, weapon, cyber, law of armed conflict
JEL Classification: K33
Date posted: June 24, 2013 ; Last revised: April 7, 2015
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