BIRMINGHAM POLICY COMMISSION VI: THE SECURITY IMPACT OF DRONES

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Background

The sixth Birmingham Policy Commission examined the security implications for the British Government of drone technology, both civil and military. The Commission brought together leading academics from the Institute for Conflict, Cooperation and Security at the University of Birmingham with NGO experts and distinguished former public servants. It was chaired by Sir David Omand, former UK Security and Intelligence Coordinator and a former Permanent Secretary of the Home Office and Director of GCHQ. The Commission has taken evidence from a wide range of British, US, and French experts, as well as inviting written submissions from around the world.  The Report was launched at the Royal United Services Institute on 22nd October 2014.

Click here for full details on the Commission.

Read The Report (PDF 9.62MB)

Read Executive Summary (PDF 4MB)

Follow the debate

The Report has stimulated extensive debate across the media, together with the NGO and policy-making community. Click on the links below to follow the debate.

UK and other states must set out clear policy to prevent development of killer robots

UK and other states must set out clear policy to prevent development of killer robots
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According to a new report for Article 36, there is an increasing trend towards weapons systems with autonomous functions, including the ability to detect and attack targets without a human operator.
Date:
17/11/2014

After the Security Impact of Drones

After the Security Impact of Drones
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Anna Thomas, researcher for the All Parliamentary Group on Drones, has written an article analysing the latest Birmingham Policy Commission's report.
Date:
12/11/2014

An initial response to the report of the Birmingham Policy Commission on Drones

An initial response to the report of the Birmingham Policy Commission on Drones
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Chris Cole, from Drones UK, writes an initial response to the report of the Birmingham Policy Commission on Drones.
Date:
11/11/2014

Feeling better about 'drones' shouldn't make us feel easy about war

Feeling better about 'drones' shouldn't make us feel easy about war
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Professor Sir Michael Aaronson, Director of the Centre for International Intervention, has written his response to the Birmingham Policy Commission's report on Drones.
Date:
11/11/2014
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Events

Wednesday 22nd October

Launch of the Birmingham Policy Commission's report: “The Security Impact of Drones: Challenges and Opportunities for the UK”.

Tuesday 28th October

To coincide with the launch of the Sixth Birmingham Policy Commission on the security impact of drones, UoB Commission members Professor Nicholas J Wheeler, Professor David H Dunn and Professor Stefan Wolff delivered the ICCS' first Breakfast Briefing in Brussels.