A new briefing has been published by the Remote Control project.
This briefing argues for greater transparency over the political and legal basis for targeted killing – specifically when the UK targets non-state actors in areas it does not consider itself party to a conflict. While the UK has made positive steps in improving the transparency of these operations, it has also officially adopted a more expansive definition of imminence and is faltering in its commitment to open up strikes to meaningful scrutiny under the ISC. This raises serious concerns about whether the UK’s system of democratic oversight is keeping pace with changes in its military engagement.
This is part of a much broader trend in British defence and security policy, which will be explored in our upcoming report “All quiet on the ISIS front? British secret warfare in an information age”. This will explore the UK’s secretive yet growing military commitments in areas where it is not generally considered to be at war. Instead of deploying regular British troops to the front lines, increasingly it is British Special Forces who can be found on the ground, with the UK’s armed drone fleet, intelligence agencies, and military advisers and trainers also playing important roles.
We will be launching our “All quiet on the ISIS front? British secret warfare in an information age” report on Thursday at 4pm in KCL’s War Studies Meeting Room, and the report will be online from the 31st of March. If you’d like to attend the launch, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
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