Next Generation Autonomous Systems: The Williams Foundation Seminar

By Robbin Laird

In this report, the key themes and presentations at the April 8, 2021, Williams Foundation seminar on Next Generation Autonomous Systems are highlighted. A number of interviews with participants are included as well as insights from earlier interviews from pre-COVID visits to Australia.

In addition, selected articles are included in an appendix which address the question of shaping a way ahead with regard to manned-unmanned teaming and the coming of autonomous systems.

The original seminar was scheduled for March 2020 but was postponed due to COVID-19.

For our book which addresses the evolution of ADF strategy from the standpoint of the Williams Foundation seminars since 2014, please see the following:

Joint by Design: The Evolution of Australian Defence Strategy

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