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General Paul J. Selva

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Vice Chairman

Phone: (703) ***-****  
Local Address:  Washington , District of Columbia , United States
Joint Chiefs of Staff
9999 Joint Staff Pentagon
Washington Dc , District of Columbia 20318
United States


Employment History

  • Commander
    U.S. Transportation Command
  • Head of U.S. Transportation Command
    Scott Air Force Base
  • Vice Commander and Commander
    Scott Air Force Base
  • Director of Operations
    Scott Air Force Base
  • Officer and Pilot
    Air Force Academy
  • Director of Strategic Planning
    Air Force Academy
  • Commander
    Air Mobility Command
  • Director of Strategic Planning
    The Air Force


  • U.S. Air Force Academy
195 Total References
Web References
Paul J. Selva, vice chairman ..., 21 Jan 2016 [cached]
Paul J. Selva, vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, answers a question at the Brookings Institution in Washington, D.C., Jan. 21, 2016. The Center for 21st Century Security and Intelligence hosted the event, which focused on efforts to keep the armed forces at the forefront of innovation.
WASHINGTON - The military, the people of the United States and the people of the world need to understand the profound impacts of technologies on the horizon today, the vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said at the Brookings Institution here this morning.
Air Force Gen. Paul J. Selva told a packed room that the world will be facing the "Terminator Conundrum" sooner rather than later, and that now is the time to discuss the affects new technologies will have on the nation and on warfare.
"You and I are on the cusp of being able to own cars that will drive themselves," Selva said. "The technology exists today. Some of us in this room own cars that park themselves, and they do a substantially better job than we do."
Always a Human in the Loop
The military has proven it can build and field unmanned underwater, aerial and ground vehicles, Selva noted. Still, he said, there is always a human in the loop - a remotely piloted vehicle still has a human pushing the buttons to fly the vehicle somewhere. "We can actually build autonomous vehicles in every one of those categories," the general said, "and that brings us to the cusp of questions about whether we are willing to have unmanned, autonomous systems that can launch on an enemy."
Selva called this a huge technology question that all people will to wrestle with. There are huge ethical implications, implications for the laws of war and implications that the vice chairman said he calls the "Terminator Conundrum."
These are the problems that must be addressed in the technology sector, Selva said.
Selva pointed out that the sea mine that detonates when it hears a certain signature still has humans who write the code and tell the mine when it is permitted to detonate.
The Deep Learning Concept
"Deep learning" is a concept that is bandied about in technology companies, and it is also being looked at within the Defense Department, Selva said. "We both have a requirement to sort some of the largest databases in the world," he added.
Photo of General Paul J. ..., 3 Jan 2016 [cached]
Photo of General Paul J. Selva
General Paul J. Selva
Vice Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff
General Paul J. Selva, serves as the tenth Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. In this capacity, he is a member of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and the Nation's second highest-ranking military officer. Biography
Paul Selva, commander, ..., 26 May 2015 [cached]
Paul Selva, commander, U.S. Transportation Command, and Rear Adm.
Selva quoted Gen.
Selva said he responds to questions about the sealift resources necessary to guarantee America's national defense with his own "Rule of 60": 60 Ready Reserve Fleet (RRF) vessels and 60 militarily useful commercial vessels in the Maritime Security Program (MSP). "I need 11,000 mariners on any given day to sail those ships," he said.
"There is an unbreakable tie between the men and women who sail these ships and the security of our nation," Selva said.
Paul J. Selva, a top Air ..., 4 May 2015 [cached]
Paul J. Selva, a top Air Force officer and pilot, to serve as vice chairman. Selva, who has clocked more than 3,100 hours piloting transport and refueling aircraft, is currently the head of U.S. Transportation Command at Scott Air Force Base in Illinois.
Edwardsville, IL, January 13, 2015 . ..., 13 Jan 2015 [cached]
Edwardsville, IL, January 13, 2015 . . . General Paul J. Selva and his wife Ricki were honored January 8th at a reception celebrating his recent appointment as Commander, U.S Transportation Command (USTRANSCOM) at Scott Air Force Base.Dignitaries and business leaders from both sides of the river gathered at the Missouri Athletic Club in downtown St. Louis to showcase the region's ongoing appreciation, respect and support for Scott Air Force Base and congratulate Gen. Selva on his new position and continued service to our community and our nation. The reception was hosted by the Leadership Council Southwestern Illinois, Civic Progress, The Regional Business Council, the St. Louis Regional Chamber and the Belle Scott Committee.
General Selva has achieved over 30 years of military service. uring this timeframe, he has held command positions at the squadron, group, wing and headquarter levels, and has also accumulated more than 3,100 flying hours in a variety of aircraft. General Selva initially performed duty at Scott Air Force Base from June 2002 to August 2006, serving as the Tanker Airlift Control Center's Vice Commander and Commander, as well as TRANSCOM's Director of Operations. He left America's Heartland for a five-plus year stint at the Pentagon, working on the Air Staff as the Air Force Strategic Planning and Air Force Quadrennial Defense Review Director and then as the Assistant to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. n October 2011, General Selva became vice commander of Pacific Air Forces, Joint-Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii, and 13 months later, returned to Scott to lead Air Mobility Command. Since May of last year, he has commanded TRANSCOM, which serves as the single manager for global air, land and sea transportation for the Department of Defense.
Selva to the guests gathered in his honor.
"General Selva, we would like to express our heartfelt appreciation to you for your tireless service to our nation and for the impact you, and your colleagues at Scott Air Force Base, have on our local communities," noted Leopold.
Reception Honors General Selva
Selva noted, "The reasons for Scott Air Force Base's #1 ranking are all around us."
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