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High-Level National Security Task Force Released Recommendations On US Drone Policy

The Stimson Center’s Task Force on US Drone Policy released a comprehensive and pragmatic set of recommendations to the Obama Administration on the future of US drone policy. Co-chaired by General John P. Abizaid (US Army, Ret.), former Commander of US Central Command, and Rosa Brooks, former Counselor to the Under Secretary of Defense for Policy, the task force’s findings represent the most high-level recommendations on US drone policy to date. The task force was created in response to President Barack Obama’s major speech at National Defense University in May 2013, in which he pledged to “review proposals to extend oversight of lethal actions outside of warzones that go beyond our reporting to Congress.” The task force’s recommendations offer a holistic framework for US drone policy and urge the United States to use this evolving technology wisely. In doing so, the report outlines smart precedents for nations to follow in the future.

View release below or here.

Featuring remarks from
Task Force Co-Chairs:

General John Abizaid (US Army, retired); JPA Partners, LLC; former Commander, US Central Command.

Rosa Brooks, Senior Fellow, New America Foundation; Contributing Editor, Foreign Policy; Professor of Law, Georgetown University; former Counselor to the Under Secretary of Defense for Policy. 

Task Force Members:

John B. Bellinger III, Arnold & Porter; former Senior Associate Counsel to the President and Legal Adviser to the National Security Council and Legal Adviser for the Department of State;

Janine Davidson, Senior Fellow for Defense Policy, Council on Foreign Relations; former Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Plans; former Air Force Pilot;

Peter Lichtenbaum, Covington & Burling; former Acting Under Secretary of Commerce for Industry and Security; former Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Export Administration.


The Stimson Center is a nonprofit, nonpartisan institution devoted to enhancing international peace and security through a unique combination of rigorous analysis and outreach. Stimson’s Managing Across Boundaries Initiative (MAB) develops innovative government responses at the national, regional and international levels, and identifies pragmatic public-private partnerships to mitigate complex transnational challenges. Read more about the Stimson Center at

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