Drone Wars UK investigates and challenges the development and use of armed drones and other new lethal military technology. Fundamentally opposed to the harm done in the name of military security, our work is rooted in, and contributes to, a growing understanding of sustainable human security. Our vision is of a peaceful and just world where governments prioritise investment in human and environmental security rather than military technology.
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.
Our strategic priorities are to
Undertake detailed scrutiny of the UK’s development and use of drones and other emerging technology.
Key aspects of this work are:
- Maintaining an up-to-date, publicly-available dataset on UK use of armed drones
- On-going research into all aspects of the development and use of drones and other emerging military technology by the UK
- Pursuing greater transparency over the deployment, use and impact of drones by British forces
Educate and inform a broad audience about the growing development, use and impact of armed drones and other emerging technology.
Increase understanding of the negative impact on global peace and security of the growing use of armed drones and other emerging military technology.
Key aspects of this work are
- Publishing up-to-date information about developments in the use of armed drones
- Publishing research and analysis of the impact of armed drones on peace & security
- Engaging with the media to give informed but critical view of use of armed drones
- Undertaking writing and public speaking engagements to educate and inform about harmful impact of armed drones and other emerging military technology
- Provide information and analysis to parliamentarians and other decision makers, for example through submitting evidence to appropriate select committees
Undertake effective advocacy and public campaigning to mitigate harm from, and eventually end, the use of armed drones and other lethal technology.
Key aspects of this work are:
- Develop and support national and international advocacy to control and end the use of armed drones
- Encourage and enable public opposition to the UK’s use of drones and other emerging technology
- Work with parliamentarians to advocate for greater transparency of UK use of drones
- Advocate for parliamentary control over the deployment of armed drones
Drone Wars UK, Unit 34, Wincombe Business Centre, Shaftesbury, SP7 9QJ