FPRI Events

New York Historical Society

Is it True that When Robots Die, Nobody Cries? The Lessons of Military History Applied to the Age of Drones and Cyber War

05/21/2016 - 9:00 am

Paul J. Springer

Senior Fellow, Foreign Policy Research Institute
Professor of Comparative Military History, Air Command and Staff College

Paul SpringerThroughout history, military leaders have sought new ways to obtain military advantages when major changes in the nature of warfare threatened to upset the status quo. Napoleon was at the forefront of harnessing the power of a people-in-arms, using rising nationalism to create enormous armies that swept through Europe. Grant fought the American Civil War using much-improved technology that made obsolete everything he had learned about military tactics and strategy. Eisenhower managed a war effort between competing allies that involved major technological changes, including the emergence of atomic weapons. In the past 15 years, the administrations of George W. Bush and Barack Obama have been quick to field the latest military technology from drones to cyber war. This lecture will narrate the history of "revolutions in military affairs" and the lessons for today.


9:00 registration and continental breakfast; 9:30 lecture; 10:30 Q&A; 11:00 adjournment. For tickets and registration information, call (212) 873-3400 or visit the program page on the NYHS Website. Discounted tickets are available to FPRI Members. Please contact Eli Gilman at 215-732-3774 ext. 103 or egilman@fpri.org.


New York Historical Society

170 Central Park West,at Richard Gilder Way (77th Street),New York,NY,US,10024