• McDonald, Jack (March 2017) Enemies Known and Unknown: Targeted Killings in America's Transnational War, Oxford University Press/ Hurst & Co.
  • McDonald, Jack (August 2016) Ethics, Law and Justifying Targeted Killings: The Obama Administration at War, Routledge


Book Chapters

  • McDonald, Jack "Decapitation, Repression, or Cauterisation? The problem of categorising targeted strikes." (December 2019) in Jones, David Martin, Schulte, Paul, Ungerer, Carl, Smith, M.L.R., Eds. Handbook of Terrorism and Counter Terrorism Post 9/11, Edward Elgar.
  • McDonald, Jack "Autonomous Agents and Command Responsibility" (June 2019) in Gow, James, Dijxhoorn, Ernst, Kerr, Rachel, and Verdirame, Guglielmo. Eds. Routledge Handbook of War, Law and Technology, Routledge.
  • McDonald, Jack "Blind Justice? The Problem of Distinction in Electronic Attacks" (December 2016) in Taddeo, Mariarosaria, Glorioso, Ludovica Eds. Ethics and Policies for Cyber Warfare (Philosophical Studies series), Springer.


  • McDonald, Jack (February 2018) “Drones and the European Union: Prospects for a Common Future.” London: Chatham House.
  • Mumford, Andrew and McDonald, Jack (2014) “Ambiguous Warfare.” Development Concepts & Doctrine Centre.
  • 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

Working Papers

  • McDonald, Jack. "Information, Privacy, and Just War Theory"
  • McDonald, Jack. "The Strategic Consequences of Autonomous Recognition Systems"
  • McDonald, Jack. "Ignorance Studies and Civilian Casualties: Analysing the Duty to Know in Contemporary Armed Conflict"
  • McDonald, Jack. "Not Much Ado About AEGIS? Ethics and the Governance of Artificial Intelligence"
  • McDonald, Jack. "Sovereignty and Remote Warfare: Deconstructing Rhetorical Categories of Conflict"
  • McDonald, Jack. "On Doxxing 'Little Green Men': Who Retains Privacy Rights in War?"
  • McDonald, Jack. "Are You Certain, Hal? - Artificial intelligence and epistemic uncertainty as a challenge to revisionist just war theory"
  • McDonald, Jack. "Regulating Digital Repression: Export Controls and Intangible Technology"

Book Reviews

  • Review of Christopher L. Elliott "High Command: British Military Leadership in the Iraq and Afghanistan Wars", International Journal of Military History and Historiography, Vol 37, Issue 1, 2017.
  • Review of Stephanie Carvin and Michael Williams "Law, Science, Liberalism and the American Way of Warfare: The Quest for Humanity in Conflict", The RUSI Journal, Vol. 160, Issue 2, 2015, pp.99-100
  • Review of Mark Mazzetti "The Way of the Knife: The CIA, a Secret Army, and a War at the Ends of the Earth" and Jeremy Scahill "Dirty Wars: The World Is a Battlefield", The RUSI Journal, Vol. 158, Issue 6, 2013, pp. 103-4.


  • 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.


  • King's Together Multi and Interdisciplinary Research Scheme. Award date February 6, 2019. £25,000 funding for equipment supporting ongoing interdisciplinary research on mobile data collection in smart cities (Colleagues from Informatics, Geography).
  • Faculty Education Fund Grant 2018/19. Grant to develop study-support tools for MA students in term 1. Funded. £2893.80