Author: Emmanuel Reinert

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Commentary

Militarisation of the Stratosphere White Paper

This white paper provides a short history of the militarisation of the stratosphere and great power competition, tracking key developments from the 1990s until the present. It also analyses the military significance of the two main classes of high-altitude UAVs: High-Altitude Long-Endurance (HALE) and High-Altitude Platform Station (HAPS) platforms.

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Commentary

HOW TO BECOME A UNICORN IN DEFENSE

Unicorns are a rare species in the defense industry. Reaching that mythical $1 billion valuation is incredibly difficult in any industry, but the defense industry comes with its own unique challenges.

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Primer

Primer 4 – Laws and Liabilities

Autonomous weapon systems are systems that can search, identify, track and engage targets independently
without the need for direct human control. They have sparked fierce debate about the
potential operational, ethical and legal issues that may arise with their use. Fully autonomous weapon
systems do not yet exist, but their potential future use in armed conflicts raises a number of legal
questions that will be addressed in this primer.

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Fact or Fiction

Drone Swarms: Fact or Fiction?

Drone Swarms: Fact or Fiction? The video Slaughterbots depicts a dystopian near-future where swarms of inexpensive drones use artificial intelligence and facial recognition to kill innocent civilians

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