While armed drones are not truly transformative weapons, they do offer the United States some significant advantages, particularly against enemies that lack air defenses. How the United States uses these weapons today and into the future will be important in shaping a broader set of international norms that discourage their misuse by others.
The Use of Long-Range Armed Drones: Fact v. Myth
In a March 3rd Congressional Briefing, a panel of RAND experts seeks to dispel some of the myths that have arisen with respect to the use of long-range armed drones:
- Are long-range armed drones dramatically changing global warfare?
- How might U.S. armed drone policies shape the way other nations use armed drones?
- How can preventing the potential proliferation of armed drones be balanced with future sales to allies?