Lucien Crowder oversees the Bulletin’s coverage of chemical weapons, biological weapons, and emerging technologies such as artificial intelligence, autonomous weapons, and cyber issues. He joined the Bulletin in 2012 to launch its Development and Disarmament Roundtable series, a feature that ran through the end of 2016. From 2006 through 2011, Crowder was associate editor at Current History, a monthly magazine devoted to contemporary international affairs. He began his journalism career in Taiwan, where he reported for a business magazine, edited for a daily newspaper, and published freelance articles on topics ranging from economics to the arts.
A former Army Ranger—who happens to have led the team that established Defense Department policy on autonomous weapons—explains in a Bulletin interview what these weapons are good for, what they’re bad at, and why banning them is going to be a very difficult challenge.