Reevaluating U.S. Military Use of Drone Technology

Author: Loully Saney


In the 21st century, drone technology has become commonplace in warfare. In fact, drones are increasingly preferred by both state and non-state actors over other modes of warfare. But widespread use of drones in war engenders considerable controversy. Civilian casualties and collateral damage have grown alongside drone deployment with little accountability or transparency. As the Biden-Harris Administration works to rebuild America’s place on the world stage and as a member of the global community, the Administration should boost accountability for civilian deaths by rethinking when and how drones are used. Specifically, the Administration should (1) sign an executive order to boost transparency and oversight of drone technology used by the military, (2) work with Congress to review use of drones in U.S. military operations, and (3) lead efforts to launch an international drone accountability regime.

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About the Author

Loully Saney is Chief of Staff for the Day One Project. Prior to joining the Day One Project, she worked as Deputy Press Secretary for U.S. Senator Tim Kaine. As a congressional staffer, she participated in fellowships with the Wilson Center and Hoover Institution at Stanford University focused on foreign and economic policy. While still in college during President Barack Obama’s Administration, Loully interned at the White House National Economic Council, the Office of Science and Technology Policy, and the U.S. Department of State’s Office of Iranian Affairs. In 2015, Loully received a Certificate of Appreciation for contributions toward U.S. government efforts to reach a comprehensive nuclear deal with Iran. Loully is a graduate of Princeton University where she studied Politics and received a certificate in Near Eastern Studies and a certificate in History and the Practice of Diplomacy.