The unregulated development and deployment of emerging technologies—referring to scientific and technical developments that, if applied in the military sphere, could have transformative effects on the future of warfare in unpredictable and potentially hazardous, destabilizing ways—could increase the risk of accidental and unintended conflict escalation. Whether manifested in new domains, new applications, or new military capabilities, these technologies can include hypersonic weapons, artificial intelligence-enabled capabilities, cyberspace operations, counterspace capabilities, and the like.
The Arms Control Association (ACA), in conjunction with other experts and organizations, has proposed various measures to reduce such risks, as laid out in issue briefs, reports, articles in Arms Control Today, and more. To receive updates on developments in this field, join today or sign up for our regular updates list.
Defense leaders are concerned the U.S. program is insufficient to keep up with China and Russia.
A UN meeting failed to adopt binding controls on lethal autonomous weapons.
Congress authorized the Biden administration’s 2022 budget request for the accelerated development of hypersonic weapons.
The hypersonic glide vehicle that China allegedly tested in July included the release of an unspecified projectile, the Financial Times reported.
The U.S. Missile Defense Agency awarded contracts to three companies to develop hypersonic missile prototypes.
The UN General Assembly First Committee has agreed to create a working group aimed at preventing an arms race in space.
The Arms Control Association hosted a discussion with Herb Lin about the major themes and recommendations in his new book Cyber Threats and Nuclear Weapons published in October 2021.
The Pentagon continued to move forward with the development and initial deployment of hypersonic capabilities as part of its race to keep pace with China and Russia.
China has tested a nuclear-capable hypersonic glide vehicle, U.S. intelligence sources told the
North Korea claims to have conducted its first test of a new hypersonic missile, an achievement of “great strategic significance,” according to state media.