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The Remote Warfare Digest

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Open Briefing
16 November 2016

Commissioned by the Remote Control project, this digest from Open Briefing covers 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 paper discusses how the level of transparency and oversight of special forces missions is becoming out of step with their growing use, the shift of counterterrorism efforts of US special operations forces beyond advise and assist missions, the rise and fall (and rise again) of private military and security companies in Iraq and Afghanistan, the future of drones in RAF operations, US Cyber Command and counterterrorism operations, and the potential impact of Brexit on UK and European intelligence sharing.


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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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