It is time for the United States to clarify and reconfirm national policy and procedures on targeted killings with UAVs. Not only is this needed to reassure the public of adequate legal authorization and operational oversight. Established mechanisms for transparency and oversight, and prudent export control policies permitting American industry to develop the promising potential of UAV technology for civil as well as military uses, will serve as an appropriate norm for any country using or exporting UAVs. If respected and followed by others, America’s example can reduce the prospect that foreign drones will one day threaten our own security.
“America Should Set Standards for Drone Use,” McClatchy-Tribune syndicated