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Virtual Event | Swarms over the Strait: Drone Warfare in a Future Fight to Defend Taiwan

Jun 27, 2024
2:00pm to 3:00pm ET


The world has watched as drone warfare has evolved dramatically from battlefields in Libya and Nagorno-Karabakh to Ukraine and Gaza, but it is unclear how lessons from these conflicts would translate to a potential U.S.-China conflict over Taiwan. What roles would drones play? What types of systems might America need? How would drones be employed in operational concepts? How can the U.S. military counter adversary drone use?

On Thursday, June 27 CNAS hosted a virtual panel on these questions and more. The panel featured the Honorable Bob Work, former Deputy Secretary of Defense, Senior Fellow and Director Dr. Stacie Pettyjohn, and Fellow Andrew Metrick. Senior Fellow Becca Wasser will moderate.

This panel is part of the CNAS Defense Program's work on drone warfare, which began with a recent report, Evolution Not Revolution: Drone Warfare in Russia's 2022 Invasion of Ukraine, and continues in a new report Swarms over the Strait: Drone Warfare in a Future Fight to Defend Taiwan. In Swarms over the Strait, Dr. Pettyjohn, Hannah Dennis, and Molly Campbell map trends in global drone proliferation, dive into historical case studies of drone use, and explore the many missions for which drones would be crucial an Indo-Pacific war.


The Honorable Bob Work
Former Deputy Secretary of Defense

Dr. Stacie Pettyjohn
Senior Fellow and Director
Defense Program

Andrew Metrick
Defense Program

Moderated by:

Becca Wasser
Senior Fellow
Defense Program

For registration questions, contact Molly Campbell at [email protected]. For media inquiries, contact Alexa Whaley at [email protected].