Radio & Podcast: Michael Robillard on 'soldier enhancement'

Michael Robillard (OUC Research Fellow) discusses 'soldier enhancement' on Radio Sputnik

The US Special Operations Command wants to create super-soldiers by pushing the human abilities beyond current limits. This is according to an agency announcement published last month. The agency is looking to enhance soldier’s abilities to tolerate pain, to recover from injuries and to adapt to hostile environments. SOCOM is hoping that academia and private sector will provide necessary support to help implement their objective. The Command is contemplating the use of nutritional supplements or even performance-enhancing drugs as a way of increasing human endurance. However, they assure that the issue of health safety is a priority in their efforts. Radio Sputnik discussed the issue with Dr. Michael Robillard, Postdoctoral Researcher on Collective Responsibility and Global Terrorism at Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics, University of Oxford. He's also the author of the forthcoming book "Who Should Die?: The Ethics of Killing in War".

Podcast interview on 'soldier enhancement' for US radio show Radio Sputnik (May).

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