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Website: “The sixth University of Birmingham Policy Commission looks beyond the controversies surrounding the use of armed drones in the Global War on Terror; the Commission considers the ways in which new developments in science and technology transform the landscape of security and defence and the implications this has for UK public policy in a national, regional, and international context”.

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An invitation to 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
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The use of drones in the UK will rise over the next 20 years, raising “significant safety, security, and privacy concerns”

The University of Birmingham Policy Commission Report raised the prospect that the aircraft could be used by terror groups to attack public events. It called for “urgent” measures to safeguard British airspace and privacy.

The research into Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA) was led by Sir David Omand, a former head of the UK’s intelligence centre, GCHQ. It stated: “The security threat posed by individuals misusing RPA is a serious one, whether for criminal or terrorist purposes… more thought needs to be given to their employment for malign purposes in the domestic environment.”

It continued: “Vulnerable targets might be hardened to withstand attack from outside, but it is entirely possible that in a public space like a shopping centre or sporting stadium, an attack could be launched from within. Crowds at sporting events or rallies could be vulnerable in a similar way if a future terrorist group were to look for means of dispersing chemical or biological agents. While such a scenario has so far not posed a real danger to UK citizens… it is a threat that the UK authorities took seriously during the 2012 Olympics.”

The commission called for “urgent” measures to safeguard British airspace and the privacy of citizens to cope with civil and commercial use, which it expected to be more widespread by 2035.

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