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.
What might the drone strike against Mullah Mansour mean for the counterinsurgency endgame?
May 25, 2016, Vanda Felbab-Brown and Bradley S. Porter
The American drone strike that killed Afghan Taliban leader Mullah Akhtar Mohammed Mansour may seem like a boost for Afghanistan’s government. But it's unlikely to improve Kabul’s immediate national security problems—and may create more difficulties than it solves.
Defense and Security
U.S. Military Affairs
Opinion | The Daily Beast
May 22, 2016, Bruce Riedel
March 16, 2016, Hillary Schaub and Darrell M. West
Blog Post | Oxford Research Group
February 24, 2016, Vanda Felbab-Brown
December 18, 2015, Nick McClellan and Darrell M. West
October 21, 2015, Darrell M. West and Nick McClellan
October 9, 2015, Michael E. O'Hanlon, Fred Dews and Bill Finan
Blog Post | Lawfare
September 28, 2015, Jillian Schwedler
September 17, 2015
August 17, 2015, David Swindell, Kevin C. Desouza and Sabrina P.K. Glimcher
Blog Post | Foreign Policy
June 18, 2015, Daniel L. Byman
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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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