Paul Scharre is a Senior Fellow and Director of the Technology and National Security Program at the Center for a New American Security. He is author of Army of None: Autonomous Weapons and the Future of War (W. W. Norton), which Bill Gates chose as one of the five best books of 2018.
Assigned to the Office of the Secretary of Defense, Scharre played a leading role in establishing policies on unmanned and autonomous weapons systems. He led the working group that established the Department’s policies on autonomy in weapon systems and on intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) programs and directed energy technologies. Prior to joining the Defense Department, Scharre served as a special operations reconnaissance team leader in the Army’s 3rd Ranger Battalion and completed multiple tours to Iraq and Afghanistan.
Scharre has published articles in The New York Times, Foreign Policy, Politico, Proceedings, Armed Forced Journal, Joint Force Quarterly, Military Review, and in academic technical journals. He has presented at the United Nations, NATO Defence College, Chatham House, and the National Defense University and has appeared as a commentator on CNN, MSNBC, NPR, the BCC, and Swiss and Canadian television. Scharre is a term member of the Council on Foreign Relations. He holds an M.A. in Political Economy and Public Policy and a B.S. in Physics, cum laude, both from Washington University in St. Louis.