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Meaning-less Human Control: Lessons from Air Defence Systems for LAWS

March 25 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm UTC+0

Drone Wars UK and  the Center for War Studies of University of Southern Denmark are hosting an online event on Thursday 25 March at 2pm (GMT) to discuss their recently co-published report, Meaning-less human control: Lessons from air defence systems for Lethal Autonomous Weapon Systems (LAWS).

The report draws on a new data catalogue constructed by the report’s authors, Ingvild Bode and Tom Watts, to examine automation and autonomy in 28 air defence systems used across the world, and analyses high-profile failures of such systems including the downing of Iran Air Flight 655 (1988), Malaysian Airlines MH 17 (2014), Ukrainian Airlines PS752 (2020), and two instances of fratricide involving the Patriot Air Defense System in the Second Gulf War (2003).  Its central argument is that the integration of autonomy and automation into the critical functions of air defense systems has, under some conditions, made human control over specific use of force decisions increasingly meaningless.

Following the panel discussion there will be a Q&A session.

The event is open to the public and registrations can be made here. Please see the online event page for how to access the webinar on zoom.


  • Dr Peter Burt (Researcher: Drone Wars UK)


  • Dr Ingvild Bode (Associate Professor of International Relations: Centre for War Studies, University of Southern Denmark)
  • Maaike Verbruggen TBC (Doctoral Researcher: International Security, Institute for European Studies )
  • Richard Moyes (Managing Director: Article 36)

For more information contact: info@dronewars.net




Drone Wars UK
Center for War Studies – University of Southern Denmark