5 Takeaways From U.S. Drone Strike on Taliban’s Mullah Mansour

President Barack Obama has confirmed that Mullah Akhtar Mansour was killed in a U.S.

The Undercooked Debate on Domestic Drones

When Prime Minister Shinzo Abe visited Washington this week, I wonder if he and President Obama will commiserate over the drones invading their personal space. Last week, a lightly radioactive drone was found on the roof of the Prime Minister’s office in Tokyo; last January, an employee of the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency accidentally crashed his personal UAV on the White House lawn. Neither incident was considered a serious threat, but both are gravely concerning.

Book Launch - Predator: The Secret Origins of the Drone Revolution

After five years of research and hundreds of interviews, Predator: The Secret Origins of the Drone Revolution, reveals the unexpected history of the weapon that has forever altered the way we wage war and the future of aviation. 

The Predator was transformed in a shockingly short time from a flimsy remote-control airplane with a camera under its chin to the first killing device whose users could stalk and annihilate a targeted individual on the other side of the world from a position of utter invulnerability.

Bad as Baghdadi? Pakistan’s Most Dangerous Man

With the Pakistani press fixated on impending anti-government protests in Islamabad, a major terrorist attack launched in mid-August on the other side of the country went largely unreported.

Four Pakistani Conspiracy Theories That Are Less Fictitious Than You'd Think

Last year, Pakistani journalist Nadeem Paracha published an article called “Malala: The real story (with evidence)” on the website of Pakistan’s Dawn newspaper. The article argued that schoolgirl Malala Yousafzai was shot not by the Pakistani Taliban, but by the CIA—and with blanks. The shooting had been completely staged.

The triggerman? Robert De Niro (“posing as an Uzbek homeopath”).

Calm Before the Storm

On July 31, following several false starts, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry arrived in Islamabad for meetings with Pakistan's political and military leadership. And while the visit comes at a turbulent time for Pakistan -- on the heels of a massive jail break in Dera Ismail Khan that saw more than 300 prisoners escape, including at least 25 members of the Pakistani Taliban (TTP) and militant Lashkar-e-Jhangvi group -- it also comes at a time when U.S.-Pakistan relations have been remarkably cordial.

Wilson Forum - U.S. Special Operations 2020

The National Conversation Series continues with Admiral William McRaven, Commander of U.S. Special Operations Command lays out his vision for Special Operations Forces in the years ahead.  Joining McRaven in the discussion are a panel of experts including Daniel Feldman, Deputy Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan, U.S.

The Other War on Terror

President Obama's course corrections on his drone policy and Guantanamo Bay detainees are important. Though the use of drones has been far more judicious and careful than many believe -- I know from briefings I received as a member of Congress -- they have inflamed world opinion against the United States, especially in Muslim countries, and have served as a terrorist recruiting tool. So, too, the Gitmo facility -- a bad idea made considerably worse because the case-by-case exit ramp for prisoners now considered ready for release has been pulled up by the U.S. Congress.