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In Afghanistan, more is not the answer

This briefing by Emily Knowles is based on off-the-record military interviews with both international and local Afghan troops between February and March 2017. At the time of press, NATO had just confirmed that the alliance will increase the number of troops in Afghanistan by several thousand. Our analysis supports the fact that a light-footprint approach […]

We need to talk about Yemen

The briefing argues that greater transparency over the UK’s role in the conflict would benefit the government for many domestic reasons, particularly given the levels of public and parliamentary scepticism about arms sales and secret wars.

What British War on Terror?

This briefing by Emily Knowles explores how the UK is using drones, Special Operations Forces (SOF) like the SAS, intelligence assets, and military advisers to tackle groups like ISIS, and why this allows a large number of military operations to fall through cracks in policy designed to scrutinise the use of force. Unlike when the […]

Remote-control warfare briefing | #17

Commissioned by the Remote Control project, the seventeenth in our monthly remote-control briefing series from Open Briefing has been published. The briefings cover developments in five key areas of remote warfare: special forces, private military and security companies, unmanned vehicles and autonomous weapon systems, cyber warfare and intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance. This month’s stories include: […]

Britain’s culture of no comment

This briefing by Emily Knowles, Remote Control Project Manager, examines how the UK is lagging behind its allies on transparency over its use of Special Operations Forces (SOF). Britain has a culture of no comment regarding the use of its SOF. This culture is harming oversight at a crucial juncture for modern warfare. The UK’s […]

Remote-control warfare briefing | #16

Commissioned by the Remote Control project, the sixteenth in our monthly remote-control briefing series from Open Briefing has been published. The briefings cover developments in five key areas of remote warfare: special forces, private military and security companies, unmanned vehicles and autonomous weapon systems, cyber warfare and intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance. This month’s key stories include: coalition […]

Remote-control warfare monthly briefing | #15

Commissioned by the Remote Control project, the fifteenth in our monthly remote-control briefing series from Open Briefing has been published. The briefings cover developments in five key areas or remote warfare: special forces, private military and security companies, unmanned vehicles and autonomous weapon systems, cyber warfare and intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance. This month’s key stories include the […]

Remote-control warfare monthly briefing | #14

Commissioned by the Remote Control project, the fourteenth in our monthly remote-control briefing series from Open Briefing covers developments in five key areas or remote warfare: special forces, private military and security companies, unmanned vehicles and autonomous weapon systems, cyber warfare and intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance. This month’s briefing discusses covert activities of French and Italian […]