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Remote Control Project: Remote-Control Warfare Monthly Briefing | #15

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Open Briefing
16 May 2016

The fifteenth in the monthly remote-control briefing series from Open Briefing has been published today. The briefings cover 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.

Key stories this month:

Special operations forces: Deployment of foreign special operations forces in Syria may complicate conflict and increase risks.

Private military and security companies: Shadowy Russian private military company fighting alongside Spetsnaz special forces in Syria.

Unmanned vehicles and autonomous weapons systems: US officials explore
scenarios for Islamic State ‘dirty bomb’ attacks using drones.

Cyber conflict: US Cyber Command operations against Islamic State becoming
important force multiplier.

Intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance: Studies find mass surveillance
having negative impact on democracy and informed debate.

Image by U.S. Army via Flickr.


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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