Conventional Defense


Unmanned aerial vehicles, commonly referred to as drones, are increasingly relied upon as a key component of U.S. foreign policy, national security, and military strategy. Part of the Conventional Defense program, Stimson's Drone program focuses on underscoring the challenges presented by a continued lack of transparency and the need for greater accountability for the U.S. drone program.

Research and Analysis

January 10, 2020 | EXPERT: Rachel Stohl

Children represent some of the most vulnerable populations in armed conflicts around the world.

January 10, 2020 | EXPERT: Rachel Stohl

In the first half of the Trump administration, the United States demonstrated its continued reliance on lethal drones to respond to perceived terrorist threats, yet with no overarching strategy to guide such use.

August 23, 2018 | EXPERT: Rachel Stohl , EXPERT: Shannon Dick

Unmanned aerial vehicles, more commonly referred to as drones, have become a mainstay of military operations around the world. Yet with their unique characteristics, drones present several challenges.

June 7, 2018 | EXPERT: Rachel Stohl

Drones have become a mainstay of U.S. counterterrorism operations and national security policy writ large.

October 13, 2017 | EXPERT: Rachel Stohl

Although a comprehensive US drone policy has yet to be developed, President Trump’s approach to drone export and use is coming into focus. In short, the Trump administration seems intent on undoing many of the policies, procedures, and restraints put in place by the Obama administration.

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.

April 24, 2017 | EXPERT: Rachel Stohl

U.S. drone policy under President Donald Trump is slowly coming into focus, despite the absence of any new executive orders or regulations.  However, we can begin to assess the ways in which President Trump plans to utilize drones in his administration.

April 9, 2017 | EXPERT: Rachel Stohl

Less than two months after taking office, U.S. President Donald Trump’s approach to drone strikes appears to be taking shape.

December 1, 2016 | EXPERT: Rachel Stohl

Prospect magazine in the United Kingdom recognized Stimson Senior Associate Rachel Stohl’s innovative work on drone policy in their 16th annual

November 2, 2016 | EXPERT: Rachel Stohl

Over the last eight years, President Barack Obama’s counterterrorism policy has in large part been defined by drone strikes against a number of terrorist targets around the world. Indeed, the U.S.

October 5, 2016 | EXPERT: Rachel Stohl

As the Obama administration is set to release today a new joint declaration with more than 40 countries on the export and use of drones, Rachel Stohl, Director of the Conventional Defense program at th

September 30, 2016 | EXPERT: Rachel Stohl

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July 18, 2016

By: Rachel Stohl and Shannon Dick

July 17, 2016 | EXPERT: Rachel Stohl , EXPERT: Shannon Dick

AFTER MONTHS OF delays and much anticipation, the Federal Aviation Administration finally released its final rule on small drones.

July 12, 2016 | EXPERT: Rachel Stohl

More than three years after promising greater transparency over the U.S. lethal drone program, the Obama administration took a significant if belated step towards that goal.
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