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 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.

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

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

By Rachel Stohl: 

July 18, 2016

By: Rachel Stohl and Shannon Dick

July 1, 2016 | EXPERT: Rachel Stohl

In light of the Obama administration's release today of casualty data that indicated the U.S.
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