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Why Drones Work

The Case for Washingtonís Weapon of Choice

Author: Daniel Byman
July/August 2013
Foreign Affairs

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Despite President Barack Obama's recent call to reduce the United States' reliance on drones, they will likely remain his administration's weapon of choice. Whereas President George W. Bush oversaw fewer than 50 drone strikes during his tenure, Obama has signed off on over 400 of them in the last four years, making the program the centerpiece of U.S. counterterrorism strategy.

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