Conventional Defense

Conventional Defense

The Conventional Defense program engages governments, the private sector, and civil society to promote effective policies that mitigate the consequences of illegal or irresponsible arms transfers while ensuring that legitimate trade is not impeded. The Conventional Defense program is part of the Managing Across Boundaries initiative.

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Research and Analysis

July 20, 2017

By Eli Enos and Rachel Stohl

June 26, 2017 | EXPERT: Rachel Stohl

By Rachel Stohl

June 6, 2017 | EXPERT: Shannon Dick

Unmanned aerial vehicles, or what are more commonly referred to as drones, have become a key component of U.S. counterterrorism policy. Under the Obama administration, armed drones were used to strike terrorist targets in a number of theaters, both within and outside of active combat zones.

May 23, 2017 | EXPERT: Laicie Heeley

The Trump administration’s fiscal 2017 supplemental request and Congress’ resulting appropriation have ushered in a new era of budgetary irresponsibility.

February 15, 2017 | EXPERT: Laicie Heeley

The world has entered a new era of “gray zone” conflicts, ongoing shadow wars that present great strategic risk to the United States and the international community.
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