Megan Karlshoej-Pedersen, Remote Warfare Programme's Research and Policy Intern, has published an article on Defense One. In a piece entitled "‘Light Footprint’ Operations Keep US Troops in the Dark", Karlshoej-Pedersen examines the dangers that employing remote or “light footprint" warfare can yield for local intelligence gathering. Drawing upon recent examples of involving the US Army, the article argues that with fewer troops on the ground it becomes harder to independently verify intelligence. They must rely on local partners and sources, who can present untrue or misleading information.    

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 Megan Karlshoej-Pedersen is a Research and Policy Intern at ORG’s Remote Warfare Programme. She supports the team’s research on changes in military engagement, as well as their work with Parliament and policy-makers. Her research interests include international security, armed groups, and sub-national conflict analysis.