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Emerging Technology

Emerging Technology

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.


  • No End in Sight for Space Code
    September 2, 2015

    The path toward finalizing a code of conduct for outer space remains unclear after delegates from 109 countries met in July to discuss the way forward. 

  • Negotiating a Code of Conduct for Outer Space Activities
    June 4, 2015
  • EU Ready for Negotiations on Space Code
    December 4, 2014

    The European Union says it is ready to begin negotiations on a final draft of its proposed space code, but several countries are still asking for more time.

  • China Conducts ASAT Test, U.S. Says
    September 29, 2014

    China conducted “a non-destructive test of a missile designed to destroy satellites” on July 23, according to the U.S. State Department.

  • China Conducts ASAT Test, U.S. Says
    August 29, 2014

    China conducted “a non-destructive test of a missile designed to destroy satellites” on July 23, according to the U.S. State Department.

  • Fate of Space Code Remains Unclear
    July 2, 2014

    Despite revisions made during a series of meetings, it is unclear whether a proposed code of conduct for activities in outer space will attract the support of key countries.

  • Report: China May Have New ASAT Weapon
    April 1, 2014

    A report by the Secure World Foundation has presented new evidence that a Chinese rocket launch last May was actually a test of a new anti-satellite (ASAT) weapon.

  • New Draft of Space Code Seen As Stronger
    January 9, 2014

    After a November meeting in Bangkok, countries are continuing their discussions to iron out the remaining differences over the EU-drafted code of conduct for space activities.

  • UN Creates New Group on Cyberspace Issues
    December 4, 2013

    Two recent UN resolutions created a new group of governmental experts to follow up on an earlier study that reached consensus conclusions on some of the most contentious issues of state behavior in cyberspace.

  • Conference Produces Cyber Framework
    November 4, 2013

    Delegates from 87 countries meeting in Seoul in mid-October agreed on a framework for developing international cyberspace norms.