Drone technology, both civil and military, under proper legal regulation, can continue to deliver ‘significant benefits’ for UK national security policy and economy in the coming decades. This is the conclusion of a new University of Birmingham Policy Commission Report which launches today. But the Government, and especially the Ministry of Defence (MoD), should do more to reach out to the public over what the Commission sees as the globally inevitable use of drones in armed conflict, and in domestic surveillance.
Report (October 2014):
The launch of the Policy Commission report in October 2014 was widely covered in the national news. It featured on ITV News Online, The Guardian, BBC News Online, Daily Mail Online, The Independent, The Telegraph, The Press Association, The Sun, The Daily Mirror and The Birmingham Post. The story was also covered on BBC Radio 4, and Professor Nicholas Wheeler (ICCS) was interviewed on BBC Radio Essex about the possible use of drones in everyday life.
Read the Birmingham Brief by the Chair of the Commission, Sir David Omand.
Read the Birmingham Brief:
'The security impact of drones: challenges and opportunities for the UK'
Written by the Commission Academic Lead: Professor Nicholas J Wheeler.
Birmingham Perspective: How does drone warfare change the debate?
The Conversation: Prepare for more drones, and less all-out war
Announcing the launch of the Commission: Professional Security Magazine Online.
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