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Video: Keep Space for Peace 2017
This new video presents the background to USAF Croughton, it's links to the conflict in Yemen, and how the expansion of the sites' role will lead it ever deeper into the abuse of human rights and International Law.

USAF Croughton Quaker Meetings 2017
Click here to download information on the Quaker Meetings at the gates of USAF Croughton during 2017.

Posters from the Croughton Peace Festival 2016
You can download a PDF file containing Paul Mobbs' slides from the USAF Croughton march and demonstration by clicking here. You can also download an audio podcast as an MP3 or OGG format.

This site is devoted to USAF Croughton (and its outstation, Barford St. John), the USA's communications and combat support base on the border of Oxfordshire and Northamptonshire.

Croughton is part of a global system of electronic communications, control and surveillance that works on behalf of the US military and intelligence establishment; it is an active part of both US foreign policy, and the projection of American military power across Europe, North Africa and the Middle East.

This site brings together information about what Croughton is/does, those working to highlight its role in conflict and the use of advanced surveillance and weapons technology, and recent reports/articles which highlight the role of Croughton.


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Latest Events and Media Reports:

☮ New Internationalist: Killer robots – the race for Autonomous Weapons, 1st November 2017
Who would be stupid enough to give the power of life-and-death decisions to weapons – and then release them? Why, that would be the great nations of America, Russia, China and Israel. And they are just the front-runners for the new breed of Autonomous Weapons Systems (AWS) aka Killer Robots. That’s why a large coalition of international disarmament organizations began the Campaign to Stop Killer Robots aimed at persuading the UN to write an international, legally binding treaty that will prohibit their use and development.
☮ DoD OIG: Report of Investigation on Allegations Related to the DoD's Decision to Relocate a Joint Intelligence Analysis Complex, 1st November 2017
This Department of Defense Office of Inspector General (DoD OIG) investigation involves allegations related to the Department of Defense’s (DoD) decision to relocate a Joint Intelligence Analysis Complex (JIAC) at Royal Air Force Station (RAF) Croughton, United Kingdom (U.K.).1 Specifically, concerns were raised by several members of Congress that, allegedly, senior DoD officials intentionally provided inaccurate or misleading information to Congress pertaining to the selection of RAF Croughton as the location for a consolidated U.S. European Command (EUCOM) and U.S. Africa Command (AFRICOM) JIAC. The allegations, in essence, were that inaccurate or misleading information was intentionally provided to Congress to inflate the cost estimates to relocate the JIAC to Lajes Field, Azores, Portugal, as opposed to locating the JIAC at RAF Croughton.
☮ Starts & Stripes: EUCOM did not intentionally mislead Congress on UK basing costs, 1st November 2017
The Defense Department and military officials in Europe provided inaccurate information to Congress about cost estimates for the planned relocation of a United Kingdom-based intelligence center, but those errors were not part of a plan to deceive lawmakers, the inspector general said in a report released Wednesday.
☮ Washington Examiner: Is the Pentagon really going to excuse strategic and financial incompetence, all while bolstering China?, 2nd November 2017
It’s a few years after the fact, but the Defense Department’s Office of the Inspector General has finally released its findings about the Pentagon process that led to the decision to locate a Joint Intelligence Analysis Complex in Great Britain rather than at Lajes Field, in the Azores archipelago. That might sound boring, but the episode encapsulated in one decision the Pentagon’s tunnel vision, waste, and strategic incompetence.
☮ APPG Drones Update: U.S. Host Nation Notification Tribunal, 30th October 2017
The All Party Parliamentary Group on Drones goes to the Information Tribunal on Monday 30th October seeking information about the planned massive expansion of a United States military and intelligence base at RAF Croughton in Northamptonshire. The base has long been suspected to lie at the heart of the United States global network of drones carrying out targeted killings. The programme is highly controversial in human rights and international law terms. It was expanded under President Obama, setting a dangerous precedent adopted by President Trump.
☮ Wharfedale Observer: Protesters make Keep Space for Peace week with Menwith Hill demo, 26th October 2017
PROTESTERS from Otley have taken part in a demonstration outside RAF Menwith Hill. About 30 people, in total, attended the October 10 event which was organised by Yorkshire CND as part of Keep Space for Peace week. The protest was timed to coincide with the weekly, Tuesday evening demonstration that is held outside the base's main gate.
☮ Chatham House: ‘Excessive Secrecy’ – The US Drone Programme, 28th September 2017
The authors of a recent report, Out of the Shadows, talk to Thomas Farrar about the ambiguity of international law, the US drone programme's impact on civilians, and the need for greater government transparency. The report, Out of the Shadows, is available on-line.
☮ Bury Free Press: USAF postpones RAF Mildenhall closure, Tuesday 26th September 2017
"Accordingly, instead of 2022, MoD has been advised that the full divestitures of RAF Mildenhall and RAF Alconbury/Molesworth will now occur no earlier than 2024. The revised dates are due to delays in commencing project design and construction for the move of assets from RAF Mildenhall to Germany, and are dependent on the completion of the Joint Intelligence Analysis Center (JIAC) at RAF Croughton."
☮ Realmedia: New Warfare & Transparency, 18th September 2017
An interview with drones campaigner Chris Cole about the current state of the technology, the march to lethal autonomous warfare, and the absolute secrecy and lack of democratic scrutiny around the developing drone programme.
☮ Video: Keep Space for Peace 2017, September 2017
This new video presents the background to USAF Croughton, it's links to the conflict in Yemen, and how the expansion of the sites' role will lead it ever deeper into the abuse of human rights and International Law.
☮ Keep Space for Peace: Issue 35, Space Alert Newsletter, August 2017
{page 16} The Global Network will likely hold its 26th annual space organizing conference during June 2018 in Oxford – due to its proximity to the U.S. 'Joint Intelligence Analysis Centre' at USAF Croughton.
☮ Keep Space for Peace: Issue 34, Space Alert Newsletter, Winter/Spring 2017
Global Network have republished some of Croughtonwatch's research around USAF Croughton and the US Joint Intelligence Analysis Centre (JIAC). {page 16}
☮ EUCOM: EUCOM 2017 Posture Statement, 23/3/2017
…A robust intelligence capability enables accurate analysis and rapid response in a changing theater security environment. This capability also supports the design of realistic exercises, posture alignment, and future requirements. Furthermore, when completed, EUCOM’s Joint Intelligence Analytic Center at Royal Air Force Croughton will provide a dedicated, purpose-built intelligence facility collocated with NATO and AFRICOM’s analytic centers that will enhance capability and capacity in both combatant commands and NATO.
☮ Washington Post: Obama administration expands elite military unit’s powers to hunt foreign fighters globally, 25/11/2016
The Obama administration is giving the elite Joint Special Operations Command — the same organization that helped kill Osama bin Laden in a 2011 raid by Navy SEALs — expanded power to track, plan and potentially launch attacks on terrorist cells around the globe, a move driven by concerns of a dispersed terrorist threat as Islamic State militants are driven from strongholds in Iraq and Syria, U.S. officials said.
☮ Miami Herald: The strange tale of a congressman's fight to build a U.S. listening post in the Azores, 17/11/16
A powerful California congressman of Portuguese descent has pushed for years for the installation of a costly U.S. intelligence facility in the Azores, a Portuguese archipelago in the North Atlantic.
☮ Motherboard: US Drone Pilots May Be ‘Illegally’ Acquiring Targets From UK Bases, 1/11/2016
Creech Air Force Base, Nevada, is widely known to be the heart of the United States’ overseas drone operations... But a British human rights campaign group says it has uncovered documents that show the US is also conducting its military drone operations from within Royal Air Force (RAF) bases in the UK, an act that would be deemed in breach of international laws, argues the group.
☮ RT: Reprieve – RAF Base Used By US For Drone Operations', 1/11/2016
Anti-US army base campaigner Lindis Percy, explains why evidence such as this report is important in getting more exposure for the issue.
☮ The Observer: US personnel ‘targeting killer drones from Britain’, 30/10/2016
The Observer has an article about US personnel targeting drone strikes from USAF Molesworth – in contravention of international law. This is the work which will be transferred, and significantly expanded, to Croughton as part of the new Joint Intelligence Complex development.