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Dr Jack McDonald

Research Associate and Teaching Fellow

mcdonaldeditDepartment of War Studies

Room K6.58


London WC2R 2LS

Office hours: Thursdays 10.00-12.00

Twitter: @jackmcd83



I am a research associate and teaching fellow with the Centre for Science and Security Studies. I have just completed work on an ESRC-funded research project into innovation, technology and challenges to international law, partnered with DSTL. Previously I have worked for the Centre for Defence Studies delivering academic teaching to senior military and professionals in the UK and abroad.

Research Areas

In broad terms, my research covers the law and ethics of war, with a specific focus on novel technology. In particular, I am interested in the role of knowledge and information in the concept and conduct of war. My book on the concept and practice of targeted killings will be published next year by Hurst & Co. My current research focuses upon the role of automatic and autonomous systems in decisions to use lethal force, and proposed regulation mechanisms. This forms part of a wider research project on power and political violence in digital societies.


  • Known and Unknown Enemies: Targeted Killings and Contemporary Warfare (working title, forthcoming, Hurst&Co)
  • Gearson John; Dover Robert; McDonald, Jack; Ingham, Sarah; Shaw, Andrew and Stephenson Alexander (2011) "The HERO Review: Harnessing Efficiencies, Rethinking Outcomes: The Future of the Defence Estate" London: The Centre for Defence Studies
  • McDonald, Jack (2010) "Conceptualising post-NATO Counternarcotics Operations in Afghanistan" World Defence Systems, 2010 - Vol. 2, p.48
  • McDonald, Jack (2010) "Any Victory is Relative" - Narcotics, Conflict and Criminality in Mexico" World Defence Systems 2010, Vol. 1, p. 205
  • McDonald, Jack (2009) "Globalisation and Ungoverned Space: Risks, Threats and State Responses" World Defence Systems 2009 - Vol. 2

I currently teach the MA modulces in the Science and Security of Nuclear & Biological Weapons, Contemporary Science & Security Issues, CBRN Terrorism and Political Violence, Counter Terrorism & Human Rights. Previously I have convened the BA3 Philosophies of War module, which examines applied philosophy in the theory and practise of war and a number of other MA and BA modules. I also contribute to a number of other BA and MA courses in the department.

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