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.
Autonomous ships could someday compose half of the U.S. Navy, raising concerns over adequate human oversight.
An annual Defense Department report appears to undermine Trump administration assessments
of China’s nuclear ambitions.
Displaying its technological abilities, India successfully flew an indigenously designed hypersonic cruise missile for the first time.
Seeking to export more drones, the Trump administration has loosened export restrictions.
The COVID-19 pandemic is reshaping thinking about national security and geopolitics Understanding these changes is crucial to how we—as advocates, analysts, educators, and engaged citizens—respond.
The U.S. Defense Secretary made clear the Pentagon will pursue military artificial intelligence and other emerging technologies as a top priority.
The Trump administration’s nuclear plans raise troubling questions about the role of machines in deciding humanity’s fate in a future nuclear showdown.
A March 19 test shows the U.S. aim to keep up or surpass Chinese and Russian technology developments.
Adopting modern encryption technology for commanding nuclear weapons could yield arms control benefits as well.