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Artificial Intelligence, Drone Swarming and Escalation Risks in Future Warfare


Artificial intelligence on the battlefield challenges key assumptions which underpin military planning.

The rapid proliferation of a new generation of artificial intelligence (AI)-augmented and -enabled autonomous weapon systems (AWS), most notably drones used in swarming tactics, could have a significant impact on deterrence, nuclear security, escalation and strategic stability in future warfare. James Johnson argues that emerging iterations of AWS fused with AI systems will presage a powerful interplay of increased range, accuracy, mass, coordination, intelligence and speed

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