Remote Warfare: Lessons Learned from Contemporary Theatres

This report is a first attempt to identify some of the factors that have helped or hindered the UK’s current approach to remote warfare. It is structured around two main sections:

• Practical challenges for British forces engaged in remote warfare.

• Military myths around remote warfare that are feeding strategic incoherence.

This report is aimed at military decision-makers and speaks to skills, training, and doctrinal gaps in the British armed forces. It does not cover the political or grand strategic levels, or the legal environment that also shapes British approaches to modern warfare. Those aspects are covered by two other reports – for release between May and July 2018 – which will complete this series.

This report was first published by Oxford Research Group as part of their Remote Warfare Programme.