60 MINUTES OF FAME

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By Tia Lynn Ivey

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Will Roper has come a long way from his days of football at Morgan County High School.  Dr. Roper appeared in the national spotlight last Sunday on CBS’s 60 Minutes explaining how the Pentagon’s latest battlefield drones operate.

Dr. Roper, who graduated from Morgan County High School in1998, has racked up an impressive amount of academic achievements in the last two decades before becoming a leading innovator of our country’s defense technology. 

After graduating MCHS in 1998, he went on to earn his Bachelor’s Degree and Master’s Degree in Physics from the Georgia Institute of Technology. He earned a doctorate in Philosophy and Mathematics from the University of Oxford in England. There he became a Rhodes Scholar and a National Defense Science and Engineering Fellowship Selectee. Dr. Roper now serves as the director of The Strategic Capabilities Office, a former secret agency operating out of the Secretary of Defense Office in Washington D.C.

During his segment on 60 Minutes, Dr. Roper demonstrated “a little piece of the future” for journalist David Martin. According to 60 Minutes,

According to 60 Minutes, “The Pentagon will soon begin deploying scores of drones, called Pendix, which can ‘make decisions on their own faster than humans can think.’ The drone squads—or the swarms of Pendix—will be used as anti-terrorist tools and for loads of other operations.”

Roper heads efforts to create “game-changing” defense weapons and technologies. According to Roper, weapons with “autonomy” are the most significant development in weaponry since nuclear weapons were created.

“If what we mean is biggest thing is something that’s going to change everything, I think autonomy is going to change everything,” said Roper during his 60 Minutes piece.

To view Dr. Roper’s segment visit: www.cbsnews.com/news/60-minutes-preview-the-coming-swarm

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