Project of the Network for Social Change hosted by the Oxford Research Group that looks at the current developments in military technology and the re-thinking of military approaches to future threats. One dominant idea now is countering threats at a distance without the deployment of large military forces, what may be ‘remote control’. This is already happening, with a heavy reliance on drones (both reconnaissance and armed variants) and special forces. The trend is paralleled by the evolving privatisation of military forces. Connected with these ‘discreet’ military measures are cyber and surveillance activities.