The World Affairs Council of Western North Carolina
Great Decisions Series 2014
"Defense and the rise of new technologies"
Maj. Gen. Rick Devereaux,
Ret. USAF, and current consultant
From robotic planes to cyber-weapons to 3D printing and human enhancement, new “game-changing” technologies are moving from science fiction to battlefield reality – all during an age of fiscal austerity. But in wrestling with the new, we can actually learn a great deal from the past. Our forebears went through similar challenges with such once fanciful but now normal concepts as airplanes, submarines, and tanks. What are the “killer applications” of the 21st century battlefield, and in turn, what are the issues that the U.S. must navigate in adapting to them?
Major General Rick Devereaux is a defense industry consultant who recently completed a career in the US Air Force. His last assignment was the Air Force’s Director of Operational Planning, Policy, and Strategy at the Pentagon where he helped set policy for the USAF remotely piloted aircraft program including the training and career path for those who operate them. General Devereaux ‘s 34-year career in the Air Force included five commands, four Pentagon tours, Director of all AF formal training operations, and responsibility for the Air Force’s relationships with foreign air forces around the globe. He is a Command Pilot, having logged over 4,000 hours in the C-5 Galaxy, KC-135 Stratotanker, and multiple training aircraft. He earned a B.S. in International Affairs at the US Air Force Academy and holds three masters degrees including one in National Security Strategy from the National War College, Washington, DC.
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