Jacqueline Hazelton looks at drone strikes through the lens of grand strategy.
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Recent reporting in the Wall Street Journal that President Trump “has given the Central Intelligence Agency secret new authority to conduct drone strikes against suspected terrorists" is causing a lot of hand-wringing. Should it?
What security-related executive orders are likely to be repealed in whole or in part soon after Donald Trump is sworn in as president? I list some obvious ones below, and will be happy to update the list with predictions others may send me.
1. Executive Order 13491 (Jan. 22, 2009) ("Ensuring Lawful Interrogation")
A recent paper by Michael C. Horowitz, Sarah E. Kreps, and Matthew Furhmann pulls down to earth the sometimes extravagant predictions of the past decade that military drones are transforming warfare, and show how this is an evolutionary, not revolutionary, military technology.
CENTCOM has just released a summary of publicly-acknowledged airstrikes conducted against AQAP targets in Yemen over the first five months of 2016. The list includes three strikes from February and March that were not previously acknowledged, interestingly, and there is no guarantee that there are not others of that kind still awaiting public disclosure.
The DOD airstrike that may have killed Taliban leader Mullah Mansour is interesting, from a legal perspective, at many levels. From an international law perspective, as Marty Lederman explains here, it looks to be another example of action under color of the much-discussed unwilling
The UK Parliament’s Joint Committee on Human Rights has published its report on the British Government's policy on the use of drones for targeted killing. The report is the result of attention on the legal and political justifications for a drone strike in Syria which killed two British citizens.
This Intelligence Studies Essay assesses open source research to determine the relative effectiveness of two alternative strategies for directing lethal attacks against terrorist groups: leadership decapitation, or degradation of mid-level management.