Emerging Technologies

Emerging Technologies

Emerging technologies pose new and unique threats to international stability.

BASIC monitors and assesses the impacts of disruptive technologies – such as cyber weapons, artificial intelligence, remote sensing, and drones – on nuclear command-and-control systems and delivery platforms, and provides analysis of their strategic implications and opportunities for control. Technologies are evolving at an alarming rate in both the civilian and military spheres, and create unpredictable risks that humanity must keep in check.
In 2015, BASIC started a multi-year collaboration with British Pugwash to explore technical innovations that might pose a threat to nuclear ballistic missile submarines (SSBNs), hosting roundtables with high-level scientists in the field and a major conference in September 2016 at the National Liberal Club in London. In 2017, BASIC published Hacking UK Trident with CBRN security expert Stanislav Abeymov, exploring the risks posed to Trident from offensive cyber weapons.
We are grateful for the generous support of British Pugwash, Network for Social Change, and the Polden-Puckham Charitable Foundation.

 

Programme coordinator: Marina Favaro

Analysis and Publications for this Programme


Emerging technologies pose new and unique threats to international stability

Zero Days, Millions in damage: A scientist’s review of the RAND report Zero Days, thousands of nights.

A recent RAND report, released just two days after Wikileaks opened its Vault 7 that detailed the CIA’s entire stockpile of vulnerabilities and their suite of cyber tools (also referred as exploits), seeks to establish a protocol and the advantages of state intelligence agencies maintaining classified vulnerability stockpiles. However, this report was let down by a poor data set and flawed assumptions. This is important because the strategic competition amongst Russia, China and the United States, as well as other major powers, continues unabated, with major consequences.

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