Building the Future of Arms Control Through Innovative Eyes

July 22, 2013
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Did you know that the Romans used arms controls?  During the Rome-Carthage Treaty of Peace (202 BCE), the Romans outlined a few terms to end the conflict including prohibiting Carthage from the possession and training of elephants for use in combat. 

Throughout history, there have been examples of different variations of arms control being proposed or used to help groups or states define behaviors.  This concept can help establish more stability in relations or transparency in actions.  As weaponry and warfare evolved, so has our ability to find ways to control these arms and to verify or assure the commitments made to such agreements. 

We know that we are at a new juncture with technology as information and communication capabilities advance and change the way we do business in society.  It is for these reasons that we are now exploring the next possible phases of arms control.  We are looking at the potential of an era defined by mobile technology, big data, and ubiquitous sensing.  In that context, we’re asking what will the next variation of arms control look like? 

To help us answer this question on July 22, 2013, we will launch the 2013 Innovation in Arms Control Challenge asking “What information technology tools and concepts can support future arms control inspections?”  We will engage the public to find new concepts for arms control inspections using the tools that have revolutionized the way we live today.  We hope that through our public interaction - with inventors, students, educators, technologists – that we will lay the groundwork for the next generation to shape the future of arms control.  

The contest runs until October 20, 2013 and is open to all U.S. citizens or permanent residents. Cash award will be provided to only one solution that meets all requirements and criteria and is most likely to be successfully and cost-effectively implemented.  If no solution meets this threshold, either no award will be given or partial awards will be given to those that meet some of the requirements and criteria.  The total prize amount for this challenge will not exceed $10,000. To register please visit: https://www.innocentive.com/ar/challenge/9933381.

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