Arms Control

U.S. Statement on the Outcome of the GGE

The United States continues to believe, per the conclusion from the GGE meeting in November, that the CCW offers “an appropriate framework for dealing with the issue of emerging technologies in the area of lethal autonomous weapons systems.”

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Arms Control and International Security: Statement by the United States to the OPCW 58th Meeting of the Executive Council

The United States of America has tried repeatedly to use diplomatic, economic, and political tools to stop the Assad regime’s use of chemical weapons.

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U.S. Statement on Possible Options for Addressing the Humanitarian and International Security Challenges Posed by Emerging Technologies in the Area of LAWS

The United States remains interested in sharing practice on weapons reviews with a view towards more States understanding their usefulness in improving States’ implementation of their existing legal obligations and for States that currently conduct such reviews to have an opportunity to learn about good practices of others.

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CCW GGE: U.S. Slide Presentation – Counter Rocket, Artillery and Mortar System (C-RAM)

The goal of this presentation is to increase understanding of how autonomy in various functions can enhance the ability of weapons serve their intended, legitimate, purposes while also supporting humanitarian interests on the battlefield In this case, helping protect people and installations against attacks by rockets, artillery, and mortars.

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U.S. Statement on the Human Element in the Use of Force

The human element in the use of lethal force is an important topic in the area of lethal autonomous weapons systems, and we share our own experience in this regard.

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CCW: U.S. Statement on Characterization of the Systems under Consideration

U.S. Department of Defense policy does not use definitions to decide in the abstract what may be good or bad uses of autonomy. The GGE should also not create characterizations based upon abstract conceptions of autonomy.

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U.S. Statement at CCW GGE Meeting on LAWS

The United States continues to believe that it is unnecessary for the GGE to adopt a specific working definition of LAWS.

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CCW: U.S. Opening Statement at the Group of Governmental Experts Meeting on Lethal Autonomous Weapons Systems

The United States welcomes this first session of the 2018 GGE, and we look forward to continuing the valuable discussions started last November.

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International Partnership against Impunity for the Use of Chemical Weapons

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Ambassador Wood: “The international community is at a critical juncture in the fight to uphold the international norm against chemical weapons use.”

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Remarks by Ambassador Robert Wood at the Mine Action Support Group

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The MASG serves a very important role in the international donor community, and I’m glad to see the United States chairing it again. It is proof that the United States remains committed to international peace and security through both foreign assistance and robust diplomacy.

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