Professor Paul Rogers, Professor of Peace Studies at Bradford University, traces moves towards ‘remote’ forms of warfare and warns that they will bring new dangers. He examines not only the use of armed drones, but takes a wider perspective which also covers the expansion of special forces and private military companies.
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Topics include: Trident renewal; non-proliferation and disarmament; the military robotics debate; Launch of expert report Pathways to 2050: Three possible UK energy strategies.
Report from a scoping workshop to examine the ethical implications of current and possible future developments in modern military robotics, held on 20-22 March 2013 at the University of Birmingham.
At a British Pugwash discussion meeting at which Prof. Jürgen Altmann of the Faculty of Physics, Technische Universität Dortmund reviewed the military uses of robots, particularly uninhabited vehicles (UAVs) and their potential future role in and influence on warfare, and the possibilities of their preventive limitation.
Key topics: Advancing UK and European leadership in nuclear non-proliferation and disarmament in the runup to the May 2010 NPT Review Conference; Report: The Management of Separated Plutonium in the UK; mapping disarmament in the UK