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Neurotechnology in National Security and Defense

Practical Considerations, Neuroethical Concerns, 1st Edition

Edited by James Giordano

CRC Press

315 pages | 6 B/W Illus.

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Neurotechnology in National Security and Defense: Practical Considerations, Neuroethical Concerns is the second volume in the Advances in Neurotechnology series. It specifically addresses the neuroethical, legal, and social issues arising from the use of neurotechnology in national security and defense agendas and applications. Of particular concern are the use of various neurotechnologies in military and intelligence operations training, acquisition of neurobiological and cognitive data for intelligence and security, military medical operations, warfighter performance augmentation, and weaponization of neuroscience and neurotechnology. The contributors discuss the neuroethical questions and problems that these applications generate as well as potential solutions that may be required and developed.

The book examines how developments in neurotechnology in national security and defense agendas are impacted by and affect ethical values and constructs, legal considerations, and overall conduct of the social sphere. Presenting an integrative perspective, leading international experts lay the scientific groundwork and establish the premises necessary to appreciate the ethical aspects of neurotechnology in national security and defense.

It is not a question of "if" neurotechnology will be used in such ways, but when, how, and to what extent. Therefore, it is imperative to foster a deeper understanding of neurotechnology, the problems and debates arising from its use in national security and defense, and how such issues can and should be addressed. In doing so, we can guide and govern the use of these innovative neurotechnologies in ways that uphold ethical accountability.

Table of Contents

Neurotechnology, Global Relations, and National Security: Shifting Contexts and Neuroethical Demands; James Giordano

Transitioning Brain Research: From Bench to Battlefield; Steve Murray and Matthew A. Yanagi

Neural Systems in Intelligence and Training Applications; Kay M. Stanney, Kelly S. Hale, Sven Fuchs, Angela (Baskin) Carpenter, and Chris Berka

Neurocognitive Engineering for Systems’ Development; Kelvin S. Oie and Kaleb McDowell

Neural Mechanisms as Putative Targets for Warfighter Resilience and Optimal Performance; Martin P. Paulus, Lori Haase, Douglas C. Johnson, Alan N.Simmons, Eric G. Potterat, Karl Van Orden, and Judith L. Swain

Neurotechnology and Operational Medicine; Carey D. Balaban

"NEURINT" and Neuroweapons: Neurotechnologies in National Intelligence and Defense; Rachel Wurzman and James Giordano

Brain Brinksmanship: Devising Neuroweapons Looking at Battlespace, Doctrine, and Strategy; Robert McCreight

Issues of Law Raised by Developments and Use of Neuroscience and Neurotechnology in National Security

and Defense; James P. Farwell

Neuroscience, National Security, and the Reverse Dual-Use Dilemma; Gary E. Marchant and Lyn M. Gaudet

Neuroskepticism: Rethinking the Ethics of Neuroscience

and National Security; Jonathan H. Marks and Edmond J. Safra

Prison Camp or "Prison Clinic?": Biopolitics, Neuroethics, and National Security; Kyle Thomsen

Between Neuroskepticism and Neurogullibility: The Key Role of Neuroethics in the Regulation and Mitigation

of Neurotechnology in National Security and Defense; Paolo Benanti

Why Neuroscientists Should Take the Pledge: A Collective Approach to the Misuse of Neuroscience; Curtis Bell

Military Neuroenhancement and Risk Assessment; Keith Abney, Patrick Lin, and Maxwell Mehlman

Can (and Should) We Regulate Neurosecurity?: Lessons from History; James Tabery

Engaging Neuroethical Issues Generated by the Use of Neurotechnology in National Security and Defense:

Toward Process, Methods, and Paradigm; Rochelle E. Tractenberg, Kevin T. FitzGerald,

and James Giordano

Postscript: A Neuroscience and National Security Normative Framework for the Twenty-First Century; William D. Casebeer


About the Editor


James Giordano, PhD, is Chief of the Neuroethics Studies Program of the Edmund D. Pellegrino Center for Clinical Bioethics; is a professor on the faculties of the Division of Integrative Physiology/Department of Biochemistry, Interdisciplinary Program in Neuroscience, and Graduate Liberal Studies Program at Georgetown University, Washington, D.C.; and is a Senior Fellow of the Potomac Institute for Policy Studies, a Washington D.C. area think tank devoted to the analysis and guidance of emerging science and technology. He serves on the Neuroethics, Legal and Social Issues Advisory Panel for the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), and is a Fellow of the Center for National Preparedness at the University of Pittsburgh, PA. His ongoing research addresses the neuroscience of pain, neuropsychiatric spectrum disorders, the neural bases of moral cognition and action, and the neuroethical issues arising in neuroscientific and neurotechnological research and its applications in medicine, public life, global relations, and national security. In recognition of his ongoing work, he was awarded Germany’s Klaus Reichert Prize in Medicine and Philosophy (with longtime collaborator Dr. Roland Benedikter); was named National Distinguished Lecturer of both Sigma Xi, the national research honor society, and IEEE; and was elected to the European Academy of Sciences and Arts.

About the Series

Advances in Neurotechnology

Ethical, Legal, and Social Issues

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
MEDICAL / Biotechnology
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Freedom & Security / International Security
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Freedom & Security / Terrorism
SCIENCE / Life Sciences / Neuroscience