The U.S. government has used lethal drone strikes since the passage of the 2001 Authorization for the Use of Military Force, but recently their use has expanded at an unprecedented rate â€“ underscoring the importance of understanding drones as tools in a larger framework.
Yet, most of the discourse to date about the merits of drones has focused on moral, legal, and tactical considerations, rather than on strategy. Strategy is at the very heart of how effectively lethal drone strikes interact with Americaâ€™s national security.
This paper presents a factual, apolitical discussion about drone programs and their role in US counterterrorism strategy.
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