The Technologies of Remote Warfare
The history of warfare has been defined by technological innovation. Everything from gunpowder to the atomic bomb has radically altered the way wars are fought and peace is achieved. Remote warfare is no exception. Conducting warfare from a distance is made possible by a complex network of technologies including unmanned vehicles, satellite communications and precision-guided munitions. By transforming what is possible on and off the battlefield, the ascendency of these technologies raises fresh questions about the role of humans in warfare as well as how the technologies themselves are developed and proliferate.

Here you will find our own research output and a variety of other thematically relevant publications, blogs, events and podcasts we have been inspired by in our investigations into the Intimacies of Remote Warfare.

May 5 2021

Book Launch: Remote Warfare Interdisciplinary Perspectives

Contemporary warfare is becoming increasingly defined by distance. Instead of deploying large numbers of boots on the ground, many Western and non-Western states rely on support and training for local actors, employment of private military contractors and remote weaponry for airstrikes and surveillance This is remote warfare, the dominant method of military engagement employed by

More drones, more war

The notion that deploying drones will enable militaries to conduct war with greater precision and less civilian harm is neither new, nor accurate argues the IRW team in an op-ed for the Dutch newspaper the NRC.

The Good War

This five part podcast series made by IRW’s Isa Zoetbrood reflects on The Netherlands’ use of remote warfare and the acquisition of its first MQ reaper drones.