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.
The Long-Range Hypersonic Weapon will be fielded by the end of the fiscal year, a top U.S. Army commander has said.
AI could improve safety in nuclear command and control systems, but it has its flaws.
China Showcases Hypersonic Weapon Near Taiwan, U.S. Tests
The Pentagon is hastening the pace of development despite some questions about warfighting effectiveness.
The Pentagon expects that unmanned drones, ships, planes, and ground vehicles will play an increasing role in U.S. military planning.
Australia, the United Kingdom and the United States are expanding the focus of their partnership to the development of advanced hypersonics.
Russia Delays UN Space Threats Group
Brain-interface technologies could greatly augment human capabilities and even create “super soldiers.” If they shorten decision-making time, what is the impact on nuclear stability?
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.