Areas of Expertise & Civic Involvements
Mayer’s research and teaching expertise focuses on military ethics, higher education, and political philosophy. He is particularly interested in the ethics of using technology (e.g. nonlethal, cyber, and autonomous) for military purposes; higher education access, success, quality, and accreditation; and inequality and diminished opportunity in society. He is a career Army officer.
Provides recommendations for parliamentarians on balancing their responsibility for demanding accountability from public institutions with the need for a degree of secrecy in the defense and security sectors.
Highlights ethical considerations related to the development and use of autonomous systems for military purposes.
Considers whether combatants and states have an obligation to use nonlethal weapons that allow the same level of mission accomplishment while reducing harm to enemy combatants.
Proposes that the restrictions on targeting noncombatants applies to both lethal and nonlethal weapons.