The United States has led the way in developing a new way of conceptualising and executing war.
The emphasis now is on effecting warfare at a distance by relying on smart technologies and light-footprint deployments rather than more traditional military approaches. With the rise of austerity in Europe, other Western states have adopted part or all of this ‘remote-control warfare’ approach.
Within this, policymakers and military planners are promoting the tactics and technologies judged to have worked during the war on terror and associated conflicts in Afghanistan and Iraq. As such, the five key aspects of remote warfare are:
- Special operations forces
- Private military and security companies
- Unmanned vehicles and autonomous weapons systems
- Intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance
- Cyber warfare
Chris has undertaken groundbreaking research on many aspects of remote warfare, which has resulted in several influential publications, including Hostile drones: The hostile use of drones by non-state actors against British targets (Remote Control, 2016), Securing change: Recommendations for the British government regarding remote-control warfare (Open Briefing, 2015) and Remote control war: Unmanned combat air vehicles in China, India, Iran, Israel, Russia and Turkey (Open Briefing, 2013).
Since April 2014, Chris and his colleagues at Open Briefing have produced a series of monthly intelligence briefings on remote warfare. These briefings are commissioned by the Remote Control project, which was initiated by the Network for Social Change and is hosted by Oxford Research Group. Every six months, Open Briefing undertakes a more in-depth assessment of trends in remote warfare.
"Open Briefing provides an invaluable service to us, conducting high-quality research in extremely tight timeframes and with limited budgets. The unique and wide-ranging pool of expertise available ensures that our very specific requests are met with the utmost precision."
Caroline Donnellan, manager, Remote Control project | More