Emerging Global Challenges

The use of drones have become a central tool in U.S. military strategy. Stimson experts examine the military and economic national security consequences of U.S. drone policy.


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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. READ MORE

June 7, 2018 | EXPERT: Rachel Stohl

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

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. READ MORE

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. READ MORE

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. READ MORE

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. READ MORE

April 5, 2017 | EXPERT: Hannah Haegeland , EXPERT: Sameer Lalwani

Most debates on South Asian security strategy tend to not attract much attention amongst U.S. policymakers except during the occasional crisis. Warnings about arms racing, belligerence, and nuclear risks between India and Pakistan have become so commonplace that they elicit yawns or eye rolls. READ MORE

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 READ MORE

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. READ MORE

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 READ MORE

September 30, 2016 | EXPERT: Rachel Stohl

By Rachel Stohl:  READ MORE

July 18, 2016

By: Rachel Stohl and Shannon Dick READ MORE

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. READ MORE

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. READ MORE

July 1, 2016 | EXPERT: Rachel Stohl

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

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