Drone Wars UK:  Our Mission, Role and Strategic Aims

Drone Wars UK is a small, UK-based, NGO working towards a long-term goal of an international ban on the use of armed drones. While drone warfare is often presented as a precise and risk-free solution to international security threats, there are significant dangers to global peace and security arising from their use.  These include how drones are:

  • lowering the threshold for the use of armed force,
  • expanding the use of targeted killing
  • enabling greater secrecy, and less accountability for military intervention
  • rehabilitating the notion that armed force can solve political conflicts

Remote ‘risk free’ intervention through using armed drones is in danger of becoming not the last option, but the first. Besides the direct consequences on the ground, the normalisation of this type of response means that underlying political and social causes of conflicts go unaddressed. This in turn drastically reduces the chances of achieving just and sustainable peace and security.

Recognising a ban on the use of armed drones is some distance away, our primary focus is on  initiating and supporting activity designed to restrict the use of these systems (for example their use for targeted killing outside of conventional battlefields) as steps towards our goal.

Our current strategic priorities are:

To undertake detailed scrutiny of the British use of armed drones including:

  • Maintaining an up-to-date public dataset on UK use of armed drones
  • On-going research into day-to-day use of armed drones by British forces
  • Pushing for increased transparency about use of armed drones and their impact

 To educate a broad audience about the growing use and impact of armed drones by:

  • Maintaining our website as ‘go to’ source of accessible information
  • Undertaking effective media work and effective use of social media
  • Publishing timely and accessible briefings on the impact of the use of armed drones

To increase understanding of the wider negative impact of the use of armed drones on peace and security by:

  • Publishing research and analysis of the wider impact of armed drones on peace & security
  • Undertaking writing and public speaking engagements to explain our research and analysis
  • Engaging with decision makers, for example through submitting evidence to appropriate select committees

To undertake effective advocacy and grassroots campaigning to end use of armed drones by:

  • Working with other NGOs and networks to control the use of armed drones
  • Support the Drones APPG with information and research
  • Working with national and international groups to curb proliferation of armed drones
  • Building grassroots public opposition to use of armed drones


Drone Wars UK, Peace House, 19 Paradise Street, Oxford, OX1 1LD

office@dronewars.net   www.dronewars.net