committee recommends that the Department of Defence strengthen its public
communications in relation to military unmanned platforms.
committee recommends that the Australian Defence Force acquire armed unmanned
platforms when the capability requirement exists and the Australian Government
make a policy statement regarding their use. This policy statement will:
- affirm that armed
unmanned platforms will be used in accordance with international law;
- commit that armed
unmanned platforms will only be operated by the Australian Defence Force
- include appropriate
transparency measures governing the use of armed unmanned platforms.
committee recommends that the Australian Defence Force notify the Australian
Government of measures taken to address any identified gaps training and
dissemination programs regarding the law of armed conflict and international
humanitarian law when armed unmanned platforms are acquired.
committee recommends the Australian Government:
- increase funding for
innovation in the relation to unmanned platforms; and
- establish a Defence
Unmanned Platforms Centre as a cooperative research centre in the area of
military unmanned platforms.
committee recommends that strategic engagement with the Australian unmanned
platform industry be addressed in the forthcoming Defence Industry Policy
committee recommends that the Australian Government:
- consider establishing
additional support facilities for the Triton in the Northern Territory;
- review the future
deployment and support needs of Australian Defence Force unmanned platforms in
the Australia's north.
committee recommends that the Australian Government support international
efforts to establish a regulatory regime for autonomous weapons systems,
including those associated with unmanned platforms.
committee recommends that following the release of the Defence White Paper 2015
the Australian Defence Force review the adequacy of its existing policies in
relation to autonomous weapons systems.
committee recommends that Defence, the Civil Aviation Safety Authority and
Airservices Australia increase their cooperation to facilitate the safe use of
unmanned platforms in Australian airspace.
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