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January 20, 2017

Heads of State and Government
obama-trump Obama’s Final Drone Strike Data

As Donald Trump assumes office today, he inherits a targeted killing program that has been the cornerstone of U.S. counterterrorism strategy over the past eight years. On January 23, 2009, just three…

May 3, 2012

Defense and Security
Drone takeoff Drone Strikes and Public Debate

David Ignatius, the CIA’s favored receptacle of leaked classified information, has a piece in today’s Washington Post that criticizes the Obama administration for acknowledging the existence of “cove…

April 8, 2016

United States
Obama at UChicago Obama’s Latest Admission on Drone Strikes

Yesterday, President Obama was asked a revealing question at the end of an appearance at the University of Chicago defending the nomination of Judge Merrick Garland to the Supreme Court.  A student i…

April 16, 2013

Drone Strikes
Transferring CIA Drone Strikes to the Pentagon

The main obstacle to acknowledging the scope, legality, and oversight of U.S. targeted killings beyond traditional or "hot" battlefields is the division of lead executive authority between the Joint …

March 2, 2017

Heads of State and Government
RTX2ZZOE The (Not-So) Peaceful Transition of Power: Trump’s Drone Strikes Outpace Obama

[Note: This post was updated to reflect additional strikes in Yemen on March 2, March 3, and March 6.] As a candidate, President Donald Trump was deeply misleading about the sorts of military oper…

January 1, 2013

Drone Strikes
Reforming U.S. Drone Strike Policies

Overview Over the last ten years, drones have become a critical tool in the war against terrorist and militant organizations worldwide. Their advantages over other weapons and intelligence systems…

November 21, 2014

Military Operations
Drone strikes statistics_11.21.14 smaller America’s 500th Drone Strike

The most consistent and era-defining tactic of America’s post-9/11 counterterrorism strategies has been the targeted killing of suspected terrorists and militants outside of defined battlefields. As …

June 16, 2014

Military Operations
Paki Drone Strikes Total 6.12.14 One Decade of Drone Strikes in Pakistan

In May 2002, Gen. John Keane, commander of the 101st Airborne Division, vowed: “We have broken their will and they are trying to establish another safe haven now in Pakistan...when the time is right,…

July 31, 2013

Drone Strikes and Civilian Casualties in Afghanistan

The United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) released its bi-annual protection of civilians in armed conflict report. The mission determined that civilian fatalities and casualties in…

May 13, 2013

Panetta CIA_edited Demanding CIA Accountability for Drone Strikes

Leon Panetta had unique and unprecedented access into U.S. targeted killing programs as the director of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) (February 2009–June 2011) and secretary of defense (June …