What is that thing?

Thu, 07/15/2021 - 5:30pm

What is that thing? Come find out Tuesday, July 20, at 7 p.m., when the Block Island Maritime Institute welcomes back Professor and retired Navy Captain John
Jackson, speaking on “Drones that fly, swim and crawl.”
Professor Jackson, the E.A Sperry Chair of Unmanned and Robotic Systems at the Naval War College will discuss the past, present, and future uses of robotic and unmanned systems, both in the military services and in private use. His fast-paced and fact-filled presentation will discuss the systems involved, the operational challenges they address, and the legal and ethical ramifications of their use. Known by many as the “Duke of Drones,” he will draw from his recent book “One Nation, Under Drones,” to address everything you always wanted to know about drones, but were afraid to ask.
Jackson is a senior professor in the Naval War College College of Distance Education. He teaches in the area of national security affairs. Since 2006 he has served as the program manager for the Chief of Naval Operations professional reading program.

Retiring as a Navy Captain in 1998 after 27 years of service in the logistics and graduate education fields, he holds a bachelor’s degree in speech and communications awarded by the University of New Mexico (1971), a master’s degree in education from Providence College (1976), a master’s degree in management from Salve Regina College (1983) and a Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies from Salve Regina University (1997). He also earned a diploma from the Naval War College (1983); and he is a graduate of the Management Development Program at Harvard University (1997).

A long-time proponent of emerging technology, he has taught one of the college’s most popular elective coursed entitled “Unmanned Systems and Conflict in the 21st Century” since the 2009 academic year. A recognized expert in the field of unmanned and autonomous systems, he was called to testify before the U.S. House of Representatives Subcommittee on National Security and Foreign Affairs in March 2010 regarding his experiences while teaching NWC’s “Unmanned Systems” course. His book, “One Nation, Under Drones,” was published by the U.S. Naval Institute in December 2018.