This briefing by Emily Knowles, Remote Control Project Manager, examines how the UK is lagging behind its allies on transparency over its use of Special Operations Forces (SOF). Britain has a culture of no comment regarding the use of its SOF. This culture is harming oversight at a crucial juncture for modern warfare. The UK’s use of SOF is set to increase, with funding doubling after the 2015 Strategic Defence and Security Review. This risks pushing an ever-greater share of UK military action under the radar. This opacity carries significant risks for the effectiveness, accountability, and perceived legitimacy of its military actions abroad.
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