Former Director of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA)
Pro to the question "Should the United States Continue Its Use of Drone Strikes Abroad?"
"TARGETED killing using drones has become part of the American way of war...
The program is not perfect. No military program is. But here is the bottom line: It works. I think it fair to say that the targeted killing program has been the most precise and effective application of firepower in the history of armed conflict. It disrupted terrorist plots and reduced the original Qaeda organization along the Afghanistan-Pakistan border to a shell of its former self...
For my part, the United States needs not only to maintain this capacity, but also to be willing to use it. Radical Islamism thrives in many corners of the world — Pakistan, Somalia, Yemen, Syria, Libya, Mali, the list goes on — where governments cannot or will not act. In some of these instances, the United States must.
And unmanned aerial vehicles carrying precision weapons and guided by powerful intelligence offer a proportional and discriminating response when response is necessary. Civilians have died, but in my firm opinion, the death toll from terrorist attacks would have been much higher if we had not taken action."
Experts Individuals with PhDs, JDs, or equivalent advanced degrees in fields relevant to the legal or strategic use of drone strikes. Also top-level government officials (such as foreign leaders, US presidents, Founding Fathers, Supreme Court Justices, members of legislative bodies, cabinet members, military leaders, etc.) with positions relevant to drone strikes and related issues.
Involvement and Affiliations:
Principal, The Chertoff Group
Distinguished Visiting Professor, George Mason University Schar School of Policy and Government
Member, Board of Directors, Motorola Solutions
Director, Director of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA)/Chief, Central Security Service, May 2006-Feb. 2009
Principal Deputy Director of National Intelligence, Apr. 2005-May 2006
Director of National Security Agency (NSA), 1999-Apr. 2005
Deputy Chief of State, United Nations Command and US Forces Korea, Yongsan Army Garrison, South Korea, Sep. 1997-Mar. 1999
Commander of the Air Intelligence Agency and Director of the Joint Command and Control Warfare Center, Kelly Air Force Base (AFB), Jan. 1996-Sep. 1997
Special Assistant to the Commander, Headquarters Air Intelligence Agency, Kelly AFB, Oct. 1995-Dec. 1995
Director, Intelligence Directorate, Headquarters US European Command, Stuttgart (Germany), May 1993-Oct. 1995
Chief, Secretary of the Air Force Staff Group, Office of the Secretary of the Air Force, July 1991-May 1993
Director for Defense Policy and Arms Control, National Security Council, Sep. 1989-July 1991
Politico-military affairs officer, Strategy Division, Headquarters US Air Force, July 1986-Sep. 1989
Air Attaché, US Embassy, Sofia, People's Republic of Bulgaria, July 1984-July 1986
Chief of Intelligence, 51st Tactical Fighter Wing, Osan Air Base (South Korea), June 1980-July 1982
Studied at Defense Intelligence School, Bolling Air Force Base, Aug. 1979-June 1980
Studied at Armed Forces Staff College (now Joint Forces Staff College), July 1982-Jan. 1983
MA, Modern American History, Duquesne University, 1969