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Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, Summer 2018

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Future War
By (author): Robert H. Latiff
9781101971802 Paperback, Trade English General Trade POLITICAL SCIENCE / Intelligence & Espionage Sep 18, 2018
$22.00 CAD
Forthcoming 5.19 x 8 in 208 pages Vintage
An urgent, prescient, and expert look at how future technology will change virtually every aspect of war as we know it, and how we can respond to the serious national security challenges ahead.

Battles fought in cyberspace; biologically enhanced soldiers; autonomous systems that can process information and strike violently before a human being can blink—in Future War, Robert Latiff examines tomorrow’s battlefield, calling on his military and intelligence expertise and well-honed pragmatism.

He makes clear that the fortunes of a nation are inextricably linked with its national defense, and asks and explores vitally important questions: What is the cost of our unquestioning embrace of innovation? How will soldiers themselves think about future war and their role within it? How will war affect the average citizen? And, perhaps most important: Are our leaders sufficiently sensitized to the implications of the new ways of fighting?

The complex world of conflict and technology demands that we pay more attention, before it evolves beyond our control. Decrying what he describes as a “broken” relationship between the military and the public it serves, Latiff issues a bold wake-up call to the nation as a whole as we prepare for a very different war.

HIGHLY TOPICAL: In our time of instability and fear, readers are eager for realistic and rational appraisals of the future from people in the know. Latiff is an expert, and though plenty of what he has to say has potentially disturbing implications, he also offers much-needed guidance for how society must engage with its military.

THE STUFF OF SCIENCE FICTION: Latiff details projects underway that seem straight out of science fiction and comic books: enhanced human soldiers, robot combatants, hypersonic vehicles. But the science is downright fascinating. Readers will be hooked.

STRONG EARLY ENDORSEMENTS: Future War has already received a starred review from Booklist and praise from the likes of Vint Cerf and James Clapper.

“A cautionary and chilling consideration of how wars will be conducted in the near future.”—Booklist (starred review)

“A thoughtful and thought-provoking book that addresses a range of political and sociological issues beyond what the title Future War infers. It comports with the highest tradition of ’truth to power.’”—Honorable James R. Clapper, former U.S. Director of National Intelligence

Future War is a cri de coeur by an eminently qualified author urgently calling us to our senses to recognize the leaching of ethics and humanity from an increasingly autonomic and remote form of warfare. A must read.”—Vint Cerf, co-inventor of the Internet

DR. ROBERT H. LATIFF retired from the U.S. Air Force as a major general in 2006. He is an adjunct faculty member at the University of Notre Dame and is the director of Intelligence Community Programs at George Mason University’s School of Engineering. Latiff is a member of the Air Force Studies Board and the Intelligence Community Studies Board of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine.

Author Residence: Alexandria, VA

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“[Robert H. Latiff’s] background as a weapons expert and trained philosopher gives him unique skills to examine the subject of war, technology, and ethics…. Readers interested in the future of warfare and evolving technologies will relish this thought-provoking account.” —Library Journal

“A cautionary and chilling consideration of how wars will be conducted in the near future.” —Booklist (starred review)

“A thoughtful and thought-provoking book that addresses a range of political and sociological issues beyond what the title Future War infers.  It comports with the highest tradition of ‘truth to power.’ A compelling book.” —Honorable James R. Clapper, former U.S. Director of National Intelligence

“In a lucid and powerful volume, Robert Latiff outlines what is coming in the conduct of global conflict—from cyber to bioengineering, from artificial intelligence to stealth. His vision is clear and his message chilling: a must read for strategists and military practitioners.” —Adm. James Stavridis, former NATO Supreme Allied Commander

Future War is a cri de coeur by an eminently qualified author urgently calling us to our senses to recognize the leaching of ethics and humanity from an increasingly autonomic and remote form of warfare. A must read.” —Vint Cerf, co-inventor of the Internet

“’Our nation has a serious problem,’ Robert Latiff writes in Future War. ’Technology is moving so fast that few can understand it.’ This is the core challenge to which the author brings his valuable twin perspective as an Air Force general and a teacher on ethics and values. His book is a useful guide to weighing the many dilemmas that won’t go away anytime soon, the moral implications of our changing weapons and changing wars." —P. W. Singer, author of Ghost Fleet

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