There is, therefore, an urgent need to bring into existence an arms control regime to regulate the development, acquisition, deployment, and use of armed tele-operated and autonomous robotic weapons. We hold that this regime should prohibit:
- Further development, acquisition, deployment, and use of armed autonomous robot weapons.
- Arming new kinds of autonomous or tele-operated systems with nuclear weapons.
- The development, deployment, and use of robotic space weapons.
We hold that this regime should restrict:
- The range and payload of armed tele-operated uninhabited vehicles.
- The number, by class and capability, of armed tele-operated uninhabited systems fielded by any state.
- The endurance of these systems.
- The development, acquisition, and deployment of weaponised uninhabited systems below a minimum size.
The expert Workshop was organised by the International Committee for Robot Arms Control (ICRAC) and Physics & Disarmament, Experimentelle Physik III, Technische Universität Dortmund with funding from the German Foundation for Peace Research (DSF) and the Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust (York, UK).