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

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
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