Drone War Exercises

Earlier in the week, I noticed that Royal Navy preparations for an unmanned vehicle exercise later this year, Unmanned Warrior, are well under way, presumably under the command of Commander Peter Pipkin (RN), the Fleet Robotics Officer.

Needless to say, this got me a little bit curious about the UK’s current state of drone activity. A cursory web search didn’t turn up much of interest at all, and can be quickly summarised…

Slightly more interesting was the September, 2015, Research Briefing from the House of Commons Library – Overview of military drones used by the UK Armed Forces – but there again, a lot of the references seem to be ones my web search turned up!

There’s also a Joint Doctrine note on The UK Approach to Unmanned Aircraft Systems (Joint Doctrine Note 2/11 (JDN 2/11)), but that’s dated 30 March 2011. Has nothing really changed in doctrinal thinking since then?!

I haven’t read the 2015 National Security Strategy and Strategic Defence and Security Review 2015 (SDSR) but a quick search of it doesn’t turn up a lot on either unmanned or autonomous.

Also on the “to read” list (and I should probably bump it up a bit), is the Commons Select Committee Report on Remotely Piloted Air Systems – current and future UK use.

In Parliament, the All Parliamentary Party Group on Drones (@APPGDrones looks like it could be a handy thing to follow…

I still think that there must be a seam of info on this that I’m missing, though…?! Maybe I should trawl through the references of Drone Theory, which continues to be the scariest, and one of the most disturbing, things I’ve ever read…

PS A word we need to watch out for: robomachia cf. theomachia #justSayin…

See also: Regulating Autonomous Vehicles: Land, Sea and Air….