Christopher J. Fuller

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Dr. Christopher J. Fuller is a lecturer in Modern U.S. History at the University of Southampton in the United Kingdom. He is the author of “See It/Shoot It: The Secret History of the CIA’s Lethal Drone Program,” published with Yale University Press in 2017, and is currently researching the role of the Internet in American national security and insecurity.

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Foreign Policy Essay

The Origins of the Drone Program

Editor’s Note: The armed drone is one of the most important counterterrorism instruments, and its use is both constant and controversial. The origins of this program, however, are not well known. Christopher Fuller, a historian at the University of Southampton, offers a brief history of the program and shows how it is interwoven with broader institutional changes in U.S. counterterrorism.