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WASHINGTON, D.C. (March 23, 2010) Professor John Jackson testified at a hearing entitled "Rise of the Drones: Unmanned Systems and the Future of War" held by the House Subcommittee on National Security and Foreign Affairs, on March 23. (Photo provided by John Jackson)NEWPORT, R.I. -- Naval War College Professor John Jackson participated in a panel for a U.S. House of Representatives hearing, entitled “Rise of the Drones: Unmanned Systems and the Future of War," March 23.

The Subcommittee on National Security and Foreign Affairs held the hearing to address the rise in unmanned systems technology and the implications for the current U.S. war efforts in the Middle East and South Asia, U.S. national security, and the future of war. Discussion focused on a variety of operational, political, and legal questions about unmanned systems, as well as related questions about the acquisition process and export controls. This hearing featured two witness panels.
 
Jackson was part of the first panel, which also included Peter W. Singer, Ph.D., Director, 21st Century Defense Initiative, The Brookings Institution and author, Wired for War: The Robotics Revolution and Conflict in the 21st Century; Edward Barrett, Ph.D. (Lt. Col., USAF), Director of Research, Stockdale Center for Ethical Leadership, U.S. Naval Academy; Mr. Kenneth Anderson, Professor, Washington College of Law, American University; Mr. Michael Fagan (Colonel, USMC Ret.), Chair, Unmanned Aerial Systems Advocacy Committee, Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International.

To view a webcast of the first panel, click here.