Review of the 2012 US Policy on Autonomy in Weapons Systems

The issuance of the Directive reflects that the United States is turning toward increasingly autonomous weapons systems and highlights the need to draw lines between different ones. At the same time, the elaboration by the Department of Defense of some of the dangers of fully autonomous weapons, and its stated intention not to pursue them in the near future, are important developments that other countries should take note of. Human Rights Watch and IHRC believe that this policy should lay the basis for the United States to embrace a permanent, comprehensive, preemptive ban on fully autonomous weapons in the coming years. The ultimate objective should be a legally binding global ban, so that all nations abide by the same restraints and avoid a robotic arms race.

Read the full report by Human Rights Watch here.