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Remote control warfare monthly briefing #02

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27 May 2014

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The second in a series of monthly briefings from Open Briefing on remote-control warfare, commissioned by the Remote Control Project, has been published today. 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.

Top stories this month include the revelation that the majority of US State Department funding for Afghanistan went to a single private contractor with a history of corruption scandals, news that the US has renewed its lease of its military base in Djibouti – central for special forces counterterrorism operations in the region, and in Yemen, the largest drone attack on Al-Qaeda occurred at the end of April, killing 3 civilians and over 40 combatants, but none of them key targets.

Read the briefing here.

The Remote Control project is a project of the Network for Social Change hosted by Oxford Research Group. The project examines changes in military engagement, in particular the use of drones, special forces, private military companies and cyber warfare.

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