This is the first briefing in a series which will bring together experts to discuss important aspects of remote warfare to provide some conceptual clarity. This briefing paper provides an overview of a central, but often overlooked, instrument of US remote warfare: security cooperation.
This briefing by Liam Walpole explores the origins of the War Powers Convention and parliament’s role in scrutinising the UK government’s use of lethal force over the last decade.
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 […]
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 […]
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.
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 […]
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: […]
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 […]
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 […]
This briefing examines UK military operations in Libya and the UK government’s lack of transparency concerning such activities. Despite official government statements that the UK military operation in Libya both began and ended with the 2011 NATO mission, research undertaken and commissioned by Remote Control suggests that this is only true if you take a […]