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Robert H. Latiff

USAF Maj. Gen. (Ret.) Robert H. Latiff, PhD, is an adjunct professor at the University of Notre Dame and George Mason University with a PhD in Materials Science from the University of Notre Dame. Latiff served in the military for 32 years. Assignments included Commander of the NORAD Cheyenne Mountain Operations Center and also Director, Advanced Systems and Technology and Deputy Director for Systems Engineering, National Reconnaissance Office. Since retiring in 2006, Latiff has consulted for the U.S. intelligence community, corporations and universities in technological areas, such as data mining and advanced analytics. He is the recipient of the National Intelligence Distinguished Service Medal and the Air Force Distinguished Service Medal. Latiff’s first book, Future War: Preparing for the New Global Battlefield, was published by Alfred A. Knopf in 2017. His second book, Future Peace, will be published by the University of Notre Dame Press.

Committed to the Fight?: Military Service & the Social Contract

During its heyday, when ancient Rome confronted a crisis, it could call upon its citizens who felt a personal stake in the success of the empire and would willingly come to its defense. Citizens...

New Books: Future Peace

Robert Latiff urges extreme caution in the adoption of new weapons technology and makes an impassioned plea for peace as a military officer who spent his career preparing for war.

Closer to the Robo-Rubicon: Robots, Autonomy and the Future (or Maybe Not) of You

Seven years ago, Maj. Gen. Robert Latiff and I wrote an opinion article for the Wall Street Journal, titled “With Drone Warfare, America Approaches the Robo-Rubicon.” The Week, which reviews newspaper and magazine stories...

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