“It is well that war is so terrible -- lest we should grow too fond of it.” — Robert E. Lee
Now, that we have robots to do the fighting, is war more likely?
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Excerpted from “The UK Approach to Unmanned Aircraft Systems
” Joint Doctrine Note 2/11 (JDN 2/11), dated 30 March 2011, is promulgated as directed by the Chiefs of Staff, British Ministry of Defence
f we remove the risk of loss from the decision-makers’ calculations when considering crisis management options, do we make the use of armed force more attractive? Will decision-makers resort to war as a policy option far sooner than previously? Clausewitz himself suggests that it is policy that prevents the escalation of the brutality of war to its absolute form via a diabolical escalatory feedback loop (15) – one of the contributory factors in controlling and limiting aggressive policy is the risk to one’s own forces. It is essential that, before unmanned systems become ubiquitous (if it is not already too late) that we consider this issue and ensure that, by removing some of the horror, or at least keeping it at a distance, that we do not risk losing our controlling humanity and make war more likely. For example, the recent extensive use of unmanned aircraft over Pakistan and Yemen may already herald a new era. …
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