Robot warfare: a weapon of mass deterrence?


If drones had been available for intelligence-gathering during World War One, ‘many, many lives could have been saved’. The use of unmanned air vehicles (UAVs) might even have helped to break the stalemate on the Western Front and prevent a war of attrition.

So says Professor Sir David Omand, the UK’s former Security and Intelligence Co-ordinator and director of GCHQ, who is chairing the University’s latest policy commission, entitled The Security Impact of Drones: challenges and opportunities for the UK.