Dynamite to Drones: The Diffusion of Lethal Technological know-how to Terrorists and Insurgents

From dynamite in the early twentieth century to drones, bioweapons, and private-sector satellite constellations right now, deadly technologies are more and more offered to nonstate actors and individuals. At a time when states are focused on level of competition and potential conflict amongst good powers, the decentralization of today’s low-stop systems could equip nonstate actors, private providers, and terrorists with unprecedented irregular and asymmetric abilities.

In Episode 50 of the Irregular Warfare Podcast, our guests focus on the record of technological innovation, illustrations of latest and burgeoning technologies that will effect potential warfare, and how governments can (and often can’t) control the development and distribution of probably harmful systems to malign actors.

Professor Audrey Kurth Cronin is distinguished professor of worldwide protection and founding director of the Middle for Security, Innovation, and New Engineering at American University in Washington, DC. She is creator of the e book How Terrorism Ends: Knowledge the Decrease and Demise of Terrorist Campaigns (Princeton, 2009), which the New Yorker known as a “landmark review.” Her newest e-book, Electricity to the People: How Open Technological Innovation is Arming Tomorrow’s Terrorists (Oxford, 2020), analyzes emerging systems and devises a new framework for analyzing 20-1st-century armed forces innovation. It was short-mentioned for the Lionel Gelber prize and received the 2020 Neave prize, and is the driver for this episode.

Important Normal Patrick B. Roberson is the present commander and commandant of the US Army John F. Kennedy Specific Warfare Heart and College at Fort Bragg, North Carolina. Significant Basic Roberson graduated from the College of Minnesota in 1990 and has given that served at many amounts in the Distinctive Forces Regiment. Some of his past assignments include serving as a detachment commander, firm commander, and battalion commander in 10th Specific Forces Team (Airborne). He assumed command of 3rd Special Forces Group (Airborne) in July 2012 and most a short while ago was assigned as commander, Exclusive Operations joint Endeavor Force–Operation Inherent Solve, responsible for the unique functions forces battle against the Islamic Point out in Iraq and Syria from 2018 to 2019. Big Common Roberson has deployed and commanded specific functions units in combat at various echelons in aid of Operations Iraqi Liberty, Enduring Liberty, and Inherent Solve.

Kyle Atwell and Benjamin Jebb are the hosts for Episode 50. Remember to achieve out to with any inquiries about this episode or the Irregular Warfare Podcast.

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Picture credit history: Lance Cpl. Rhita Daniel, US Maritime Corps

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