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BFAD report on Overseas Contingency Operations request cited in Gordon Adams’ Foreign Policy op-ed

July 10, 2014

Everybody fiddles with their budget from time to time. How will we pay for the new car? Or that summer spike in the gas bill? What about that unanticipated bail expense, from before Colorado legalized pot? Even federal agencies do the same thing. What about that extra expense for

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Russell Rumbaugh quoted in World Politics Review on the recent OCO budget request

July 09, 2014

The Pentagon still has a ways to go to pay all of its bills from a stagnant base budget. Proposals to better match means and ends-including retiring the A-10 Thunderbolt II attack jet, popularly known as the Warthog, and closing more bases-have been stalled by Congress. And so, as a

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BFAD’s report on the FY15 Overseas Contingency Operations request cited in Foreign Policy’s SitRep

July 09, 2014

Stimson's Russell Rumbaugh and John Cappel did an analysis of the Pentagon's "OCO" budget that says what folks have long suspected: that the war budget funds base operations. Check out their analysis here.

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Ricky Passarelli’s op-ed on the looming food crisis in Sudan published in the World Policy Blog

July 09, 2014

As the political conflict continues in South Sudan, feuding sides have yet to realize that impending famine could disarm them both. While governments throughout the Middle East and Africa loudly devolve, a much quieter implosion threatens the future stability of this already

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Rachel Stohl on KPFK, Background Briefing discussing Stimson Task Force on U.S. Drone Policy

July 08, 2014

We speak with Rachel Stohl, a senior associate with the Stimson Center and a co-author of their just-released “Recommendations and Report on the Stimson Task Force on U.S. Drone Policy”. She joins us to discuss the bipartisan panel of former senior intelligence and military officials

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Rachel Stohl on NPR program Think Out Loud discussing Stimson Task Force on U.S. Drone Policy

July 08, 2014

The nonpartisan think tank, The Stimson Center, recently released their recommendations from a year-long task force on Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) — otherwise known as drones. Rachel Stohl from the center led the project and co-wrote the final report.

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Michael Krepon’s column on Stimson’s research on India and Pakistan in Arms Control Wonk

July 08, 2014

We at the Stimson Center are celebrating our twenty-fifth anniversary this year. A quarter-century ago, the Cold War was receding at a rapid pace and the Soviet Union was in its last stages of decomposition. Washington and Moscow were on course to reduce their nuclear arsenals by

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Stimson Task Force on U.S. Drone Policy cited in New York Times op-ed

July 07, 2014

For all the slick technology, there are grave moral and legal questions going unanswered in the government’s use of armed drones to kill people considered terrorist threats. The problems involving these secretive executions are ably underlined by a bipartisan panel of military and

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Stimson Task Force on U.S. Drone Policy co-chairs cite report in the Post and Courier

July 07, 2014

To understand why U.S. drone strikes outside traditional battlefields make so many people so uneasy, look to the past and look to the future.

Start with the past. In 1976, exiled Chilean dissident Orlando Letelier was driving to work in Washington when a car bomb planted by Chilean

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Rachel Stohl featured in The National Interest discussing “The Great Drone Debate”

July 07, 2014

With the emergence of ISIS in Iraq, renewed attention has been given to the use of armed drones to permit greater U.S. intelligence gathering and tactical action, without necessitating U.S. boots on the ground. This is a popular position. A CBS News/The New York Times poll released

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Stimson Task Force on U.S. Drone Policy cited in PressTV report

July 06, 2014

It had been an exciting spring for the drones. Notwithstanding ongoing reports of civilians in Pakistan and other countries being accidentally killed by drones, there was some good news. Amazon announced that it planned to begin using baby drones to quickly deliver packages to

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Stimson Task Force on U.S. Drone Policy cited in LA Times op-ed

July 05, 2014

The drone has become America's counter-terrorism weapon of choice. But does drone warfare really further U.S. goals abroad?

To wartime strategists under both George W. Bush and Barack Obama, the new weapon, like many innovations in the history of military technology, seemed at first

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Stimson Task Force on U.S. Drone Policy cited in San Jose Mercury News Editorial

July 03, 2014

Thirteen months ago, during a speech at the National Defense University, President Barack Obama promised greater transparency and new guidelines for drone use as part of his counterterrorism strategy.

So much for promises.

An authoritative, bipartisan report released last week by the

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Yun Sun quoted in Thanh Nien News on Vietnam’s East Sea disputes with China

July 02, 2014

"When you talk about 'all necessary measures', people's first reaction is military measures. Given China's stronger naval forces, I don't think China would see Vietnamese military actions as a major threat," Yun Sun, a China security policy expert with the Washington-based think

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Michael Krepon’s column on U.S. drone policy published in Arms Control Wonk

July 02, 2014

Horse cavalry gave way mechanized warfare, and tank armies are giving way to drone warfare. Drones flourish where national sovereignty is weak and international borders are extremely permeable. Since it's not a good idea for Washington to set precedents it does not want others to

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Johanna Mendelson Forman’s column on Chilean President Michelle Bachelet published in Voxxi

July 02, 2014

What is immediately apparent when you meet Bachelet is a warmth and sense of humanity that captures even the most serious audience of Washington policymakers. She smiles and laughs easily.

This is a woman who delayed her departure to Washington for her first official meeting with

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The New York Times: Coverage of the Stimson Task Force on U.S. Drone Policy

June 26, 2014

WASHINGTON - The Obama administration's embrace of targeted killings using armed drones risks putting the United States on a "slippery slope" into perpetual war and sets a dangerous precedent for lethal operations that other countries might adopt in the future, according to a report

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Wall Street Journal: Coverage of the Stimson Task Force on U.S. Drone Policy

June 26, 2014

WASHINGTON-A panel of former national security officials issued a strong critique of President Barack Obama's drone policy Thursday, in a report certain to fuel the debate over the administration's counterterrorism program after officials this week detailed the legal rationale for

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The Washington Post: Coverage of the Stimson Task Force on U.S. Drone Policy

June 26, 2014

Targeted drone strikes have become a centerpiece of the Obama administration's counterterrorism policy, but a new report issued by a bipartisan panel of former intelligence and defense officials has concluded the approach constitutes a "slippery slope" toward a state of never-ending

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Rachel Stohl quoted in the Washington Post on CAR’s iTrace weapons tracking system

June 25, 2014

Rachel Stohl, a senior associate with the Stimson Center's Managing Across Boundaries initiatives who specializes in international arms trade, emphasized the need for programs like iTrace. Such tools - and preventive measures - can be used to reduce the likelihood of another

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