The Proliferated Drones Project
Proliferated Drones, a project by the Center for a New American Security (CNAS), is designed to examine the implications of drone proliferation and identify the core issues facing the United States and its partners. The project analyzes the technology available to state and non-state actors, potential uses of that technology, and political and strategic implications of those uses, resulting in recommendations and policy options for how to address the challenges associated with the expanding use of drones.
The proliferation of weapons-capable drones around the world, to not only states but also non-state actors and even individuals, raises difficult challenges for crisis stability, escalation dynamics, and norms regarding sovereignty violation.
The answers to these questions hinge not principally on the technology itself, but how states and non-state actors will use the technology, and how they will perceive its use by themselves and others. Anticipating the likely contours of a drone-saturated world will help the U.S. government take steps today to influence, as best it can, the shape of a future most conducive to American interests.
Proliferated Drones is a joint project between CNAS’ Technology and National Security Program and 20YY Future of Warfare Initiative.
The joint project features research and analysis from: