Dennis Blair was Director of National Intelligence from January 2009 to May 2010, leading sixteen national intelligence agencies and administering a budget of $50 billion. From 2003 to 2006, he was the president and chief executive officer of the Institute for Defense Analyses. During his 34-year Navy career, Admiral Blair served as Commander in Chief, U.S. Pacific Command, served on guided missile destroyers in both the Atlantic and Pacific fleets, and commanded the Kitty Hawk Battle Group. Ashore, he served as Director of the Joint Staff and held budget and policy positions on the National Security Council. Blair is a member of the Energy Security Leadership Council of Securing America's Future Energy and of the Aspen Homeland Security Council. His latest book is Military Engagement: Influencing Armed Forces Worldwide to Support Democratic Transitions (2013).
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Retired Adm. Dennis Blair, former director of National Intelligence, says that drone strikes can more effectively identify and target combatants than other types of airstrikes.
A CFR media conference call on U.S. drone policy.
The drone program ought to be conducted by the Department of Defense, under the normal rules of war, laws of armed conflict which the United States and other advanced countries have worked out over the years.
Pull back on unilateral actions by the U.S. except in extraordinary circumstances.
Washington should support a new security campaign that includes jointly controlled drone strikes and combines the capabilities of Pakistan and America.