NETZMIL research is being conducted through an innovative and exploratory qualitative methodological approach, drawing on semi-structured interviews and focus groups with participants from UK Defence, as well as international experts and practitioners from organisations such as NATO. 

To meet NETZMIL’s overall aim, the project asks:  

  1. To what extent have the British Government’s Net Zero targets already influenced UK defence policy, strategy and operations;  
  2. Across UK Defence, what are the key concerns, opportunities and challenges for operational effectiveness arising from Net Zero military operations;  
  3. How might adopting a Net Zero approach to military operations interact with other key trends shaping the future character of military operations? 

In answering these questions, NETZMIL will make novel contributions to the scholarly fields of War Studies and Climate Security Studies by drawing attention to the ways in which the transition to Net Zero could impact the future character of military operations.