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Friday, 31st October 2014

New Ways of War: Is Remote Control Warfare Effective?

Source: Remote Control Project via Oxford Research Group (UK)

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The last decade has seen significant developments in military technology and a rapid re-thinking of military approaches to future threats. One dominant idea now is countering threats at a distance without the deployment of large military forces, what may be termed ‘Remote Control’. This is already happening, with a heavy reliance on drones (both reconnaissance and armed variants)and a marked increase in the use of special operations forces (SOF) and private military and security companies (PMSCs). Used extensively by the United States, they are becoming much more significant in other countries too. This trend is paralleled by an increase in cyber activities, and intelligence and surveillance methods. The origins of remote warfare can be traced politically to problems that arose at the outset of what was coined as the ‘war on terror’, combined with major developments in military technology, in particular the development of armed drones, in the last decade....

This digest compiles our first set of reports commissioned through investigative journalists, academics, think tanks and specialist research agencies, to delve deeper into the subject and examine the real impact these methods of warfare are having. It seeks to answer the question: “is remote control warfare effective in solving security problems?”

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Having begun his career in academic libraries, Adrian Janes has subsequently worked extensively in public libraries, chiefly in enquiry work as an Information Services librarian. In this role he has had particular responsibility for information from both the UK Government and the European Union. He wrote a detailed report on sources for the latter which was published by FreePint in 2007, and has contributed articles to FreePint and ResourceShelf. He is involved in training in information literacy and the use of online reference resources.

A Contributing Editor to DocuTicker, he also write reviews for Pennyblackmusic.

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