A conversation with
Lt. Gen. Larry D. James
Deputy Chief of Staff for Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance
U.S Air Force
Senior Associate, Stimson Center
Over the past decade, the use of drones has taken center stage as part of U.S. military strategy. Stimson hosted a conversation with Lt. Gen. Larry D. James, who discussed the U.S. Air Force’s remotely piloted vehicle policy in combat and the effect on future Air Force strategy and its support of U.S. national security objectives. Lt. Gen. James highlighted the current state of play in Air Force Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR), the integration of remotely piloted aircraft, and provided insight into where he sees the ISR enterprise going in the coming years. James is Deputy Chief of Staff for Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance for U.S. Air Force Headquarters in Washington.
Lt. Gen. Larry D. James is responsible to the secretary and chief of staff of the Air Force for policy formulation, planning, evaluation, oversight, and leadership of Air Force intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance capabilities. He leads more than 20,000 officers, enlisted personnel and civilians.
Rachel Stohl is a senior associate with Stimson’s Managing Across Boundaries Initiative. Before joining Stimson she was an associate fellow with Chatham House, the Royal Institute of International Affairs, from 2009-2011. She was a senior analyst at the Center for Defense Information in Washington from 1998-2009.