Guest Post: Gary Phillips’ Award-winning sci-fi story about a future AI war!

Today’s post is an unusual one: it’s a sci-fi story!  It describes a future conflict where artificial intelligence and other high-tech has become profoundly integrated into the battlespace.  This story won the 2019 Military Science Fiction Story Contest sponsored by the University of North Georgia’s (UNG) Institute for Leadership and Strategic Studies (ILSS). 

The award was announced at the recently concluded 2019 UNG Symposium on the “Soldier-Leaders in the Age of AI: The Future of Pre-Commissioning Education” (in which I gave a presentation on “Law, Ethics, and Autonomy: The Challenge for Military Leaders”).  The author is Gary E. Phillips, Assistant to the Deputy Chief of Staff for Intelligence (G2) (Senior Intelligence Advisor), US Army Training and Doctrine Command (TRADOC).

Before getting to his story, Gary describes how he came to write it:

Lots to ponder!  I think sci-fi and other modes of fiction are excellent mediums to raise and discuss all kinds of issues (I’ve dabbled myself here and here).  Gary has a real talent, so let’s hope we see more from him!

Here’s his bio:

Mr. Gary E. Phillips

Mr. Gary E. Phillips was selected as a Defense Intelligence Senior Level in April of 2009.  He serves as the Assistant G2 and Senior Intelligence Advisor for the TRADOC G-2 .  In this role Mr. Phillips is responsible for overseeing the development and integrating of threat and operational environment (OE) materials into leader development, education, training and capabilities development for Army.  

Mr. Phillips also provides direction and oversight for the Global Culture and Knowledge Network (GCKN) providing socio-cultural knowledge at the point of decision; the education and training of U.S. Army’s decision support and threat emulation red teams; and the research of foreign perspectives on international security issues.  He ensures that these efforts are mutually supportive of the Defense Intelligence Enterprise and satisfy Army and Joint objectives.

 The views and opinions expressed in guest posts are solely those of the author, and are not intended in any way to reflect an official position of the U.S. Army, the U.S. Department of Defense, or any branch of the U.S. Government or, for that matter, UNG, ILSS, Lawfire®, LENS or Duke University. 


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