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.
U.S. Air Force MQ-1 Predator unmanned aerial vehicle assigned to the California Air National Guard's 163rd Reconnaissance Wing flies near the Southern California Logistics Airport in Victorville, California (REUTERS/U.S. Air Force/Tech. Sgt. Effrain Lopez/Handout).
Armed and Dangerous? UAVs and U.S. Security
2014, Daniel L. Byman, James S. Chow, Lynn E. Davis, Thomas Hamilton, Sarah Harting and Michael J. McNerney
Daniel L. Byman and researchers at the RAND Corporation investigate the likelihood that armed unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs or "drones")—like the ones the United States uses for counterterrorism missions and "targeted killings" against members of al-Qa'ida—will proliferate.
Defense and Security
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May 16, 2014, Peter W. Singer
March 11, 2014, Beth Stone
Interview | Big Think
February 28, 2014, Peter W. Singer
Opinion | Al-Monitor
February 6, 2014, Bruce Riedel
Opinion | The Indian Express
January 27, 2014, Bruce Riedel
Interview | WTOP News Time
December 6, 2013, Peter W. Singer
Interview | TED Blog
November 20, 2013, Peter W. Singer
Opinion | The India Times
November 5, 2013, Bruce Riedel
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October 30, 2013, Teresita C. Schaffer and Howard Schaffer
Opinion | Foreign Policy
October 22, 2013, Peter W. Singer
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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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