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Remote-control warfare monthly briefing | #13

Commissioned by the Remote Control Project, the thirteenth in a series of monthly briefings from Open Briefing on remote-control warfare looks at key developments in the areas of 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 news that the UAE and Saudi Arabia have pledged special forces to confront Islamic State and support the Syrian armed opposition and the US president has announced a Cybersecurity National Action Plan underpinned by $19 billion in proposed federal spending on cyber security.

Mass surveillance: security by ‘remote control’ – consequences and effectiveness

This briefing paper, by the Remote Control project, looks at the implications and effectiveness of mass surveillance as a counter-terrorism strategy following the Edward Snowden leaks in 2013.

The briefing finds that mass surveillance programmes are leading to a number of unforeseen consequences, including the proliferation of surveillance technologies to authoritarian regimes, a decrease in public trust in government and the weakening of internet security. As well as this, doubts over the ability of mass surveillance to thwart terror plots have also been found.

Remote-control warfare monthly briefing | #11

Commissioned by the Remote Control Project, the tenth in a series of monthly briefings from Open Briefing on remote-control warfare looks at key developments in the areas of 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 This month’s stories include news that US special operations forces have withdrawn from Yemen, former Blackwater security contractors have been sentenced and China have acknowledged their cyber operations in a recent publication.

Remote-control warfare monthly briefing | #10

Commissioned by the Remote Control Project, the tenth in a series of monthly briefings from Open Briefing on remote-control warfare looks at key developments in the areas of 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 news that key countries in Middle East and North Africa are contemplating special operations forces deployments against Islamic State, a scandal over a Sri Lankan ‘floating armoury’ has highlighted collusion between public and private sectors and a new report on drone proliferation has urged for international regulation.

Remote-control warfare monthly briefing | #09

Commissioned by the Remote Control Project, the ninth in a series of monthly briefings from Open Briefing on remote-control warfare looks at key developments in the areas of 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 news that the US has urged Europe to develop more advanced military technology, PMSCs are being increasingly used in conflict ridden states including Yemen, Nigeria and Afghanistan, and Iran’s cyber capability has potentially been improved by US cyber attacks.

Remote-control warfare monthly briefing | #08

Commissioned by the Remote Control Project, the eighth in a series of monthly briefings from Open Briefing on remote-control warfare looks at key developments in the areas of 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 news that special forces have been deployed in domestic counter-terrorism operations, PMSCs risk being increasingly used in combat roles and the recent Sony cyber hack reveals major challenges in cyber security.

Remote-control warfare monthly briefing | #07

Commissioned by the Remote Control Project, the seventh in a series of monthly briefings from Open Briefing on remote-control warfare looks at key developments in the areas of 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 news that Afghanistan has reinstated special forces night raids, the US is facing multiple cyber offensives and potential implications of the Blackwater trial for PMSCs.

Trends in remote-control warfare

Commissioned by the Remote Control Project, this paper from Open Briefing provides a detailed overview of the key trends in remote-control warfare from the past six months. Such developments include the United States and European countries increasing their SOF footprints across Africa, PMSCs playing increasingly important roles in Afghanistan and Iraq, the debate over unmanned aerial vehicles shifting to questions over effectiveness and developing international norms, the United States seeking international cyber-security norms while clashing with China over cyber espionage, and NSA leaks forcing Five Eyes partners to reconfigure and justify their surveillance activities.

Remote-control warfare monthly briefing | #05

Commissioned by the Remote Control Project, the fifth in a series of monthly briefings from Open Briefing on remote-control warfare looks at key developments in the areas of 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 details of a recent report by Amnesty International that has found the investigation and prosecution practices employed by US special operation forces (SOF) in relation to Afghan civilian deaths are falling short of basic transparency requirements. There is also news that state and non-state hacker groups have launched cyber attacks on Israel in response to Operation Protective Edge, as well as news of US launched drone strikes against Islamic State in Iraq.