Defense and Security
The use of drones, or unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), in war and counter-terrorism operations remains a highly controversial issue both domestically and abroad. A recent string of events, however—including a leaked Justice Department document, the discovery of a secret drone base in Saudi Arabia, and the Obama administration's admission that it has killed four American citizens in drone strikes—has kept the issue at the forefront. As the debate over the ethics and constitutionality of drone warfare takes center stage, Brookings experts examine the legal and political implications of drone technology.
An X-47B pilot-less drone combat aircraft is launched for the first time off an aircraft carrier, the USS George H. W. Bush, in the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of Virginia (REUTERS/Jason Reed).
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Senior Fellow, Governance Studies
Peter W. Singer
Nonresident Senior Fellow, Governance Studies, Center for Technology Innovation
Wells C. Bennett
Fellow in National Security Law, Governance Studies
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