Gerhard Dabringer conducted a Survey on Unmanned Systems at AUVSI in Denver in August. He has made his findings available in a Summary Report available here. Among his findings are:
1.The use of Robotic Combat Systems (RCS) is generally approved of, though there is a strong tendency towards the „man in the loop“ approach, especially when systems are weaponized.
2. There is a strong need for a broad discussion of ethical aspects as well as legal aspects of RCS.
3. Policy makers need to make sure that the existing discussions are beeing noticed.
4. RCS are recognized as a new ethical dimension in warfare and a majority sees the need for new international legislation.
5. Autonomous use of weapons by the RCS is generally not approved of.