Drones

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Drones

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.
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Research and Analysis

May 3, 2016 | EXPERT: Rachel Stohl , EXPERT: Shannon Dick

Two young terrorist recruits are being fitted with suicide bombs in a home in the outskirts of Nairobi. High-value targets on the United States and United Kingdom kill lists share tea with them before they are suited up to make videos.

March 9, 2016 | EXPERT: Rachel Stohl

The Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) industry is growing rapidly, and this is causing some concern about individuals using UAVs for illicit purposes.

March 8, 2016 | EXPERT: Ellen Laipson

By Ellen Laipson: 

February 29, 2016 | EXPERT: Rachel Stohl

In his May 2013 speech at National Defense University, President Obama called for new ways to think about drones and the United States’ policy on using these systems in counterterrorism operations.

February 24, 2016 | EXPERT: Rachel Stohl

The Obama administration received poor grades — including three F’s — in a new report card released evaluating their progress made in implementing nonpartisan recommendations to reform U.S. drone policy.

February 23, 2016 | EXPERT: Rachel Stohl

President Obama is on pace to leave a flawed legacy on America’s use of drones. Near the midway point of the president’s second term, a task force of senior military and intelligence officials from the Obama, George W.

February 23, 2016

The Obama administration received poor grades — including three F’s — in a new report card released today evaluating their progress made in implementing nonpartisan recommendations to reform U.S. drone policy.

February 23, 2016 | EXPERT: Rachel Stohl

In June 2014, the Stimson Task Force on U.S. Drone Policy released its report and recommendations. The task force outlined eight concrete recommendations designed to ensure that U.S. drone policy is transparent, accountable, and consistent with long-term U.S.

October 27, 2015 | EXPERT: Rachel Stohl

Earlier this month, the Intercept released “The 

October 13, 2015 | EXPERT: Rachel Stohl

The Stimson Task Force on U.S. Drones Policy issued its report and recommendations in June 2014. The task force was supported by three expert working groups focused on different aspects of U.S.

October 13, 2015 | EXPERT: Rachel Stohl

The Stimson Task Force on U.S. Drones Policy issued its report and recommendations in June 2014. The task force was supported by three expert working groups focused on different aspects of U.S.

October 13, 2015 | EXPERT: Rachel Stohl

The Stimson Task Force on U.S. Drones Policy issued its report and recommendations in June 2014. The task force was supported by three expert working groups focused on different aspects of U.S.

September 21, 2015 | EXPERT: Rachel Stohl

Over the past decade, drones have been increasingly relied upon in a growing number of strategic theaters by the United States as well as by other countries.

July 6, 2015 | EXPERT: Rachel Stohl

On the same day that President Obama announced that a U.S. drone strike in January killed two humanitarian aid workers — American Warren Weinstein and Italian Giovanni Lo Porto —  the Stimson Center and the Heinrich Boell Foundation hosted a seminar to discuss transatlantic views on drones and explore the potential for developing international standards and norms to guide the sale, transfer, and use of armed drones in the future. 
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