Video On Demand

U.S. Civil Drone Policy

April 28, 2015 • 10:00 – 11:30 am EDT

The development of new technologies for unmanned flight and microelectronics in the last two decades has led to an explosion in civil unmanned aerial systems (UAS, commonly known as drones) activity in the U.S. From a few hobbyists flying small, technically limited model aircraft in the 1990s, the field has grown to thousands of individuals and corporations looking to employ a variety of UAS models for security awareness, disaster response, logistics and delivery, agriculture, communications, spectral and thermal analysis, and aerial photography, among many other functions.

CSIS will hold a public event focusing on practical policy strategies to manage commercial, public and private UAS in U.S. airspace, while supporting innovation, and protecting privacy and personal freedom. 


Brian Wynne
President and CEO
Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International

Robert Pappas
Special Rules Coordinator, UAS Integration Office
Federal Aviation Administration

Jay Stanley
Senior Policy Analyst, Speech, Privacy, and Technology Project
American Civil Liberties Union

Dr. Adam Cox
Visiting Fellow, International Security Program, CSIS
Senior Adviser, Homeland Security Advanced Research Projects Agency

Moderated by:

Denise Zheng
Deputy Director and Senior Fellow, Strategic Technologies Program
Center for Strategic and International Studies



James Andrew Lewis
Senior Vice President; Pritzker Chair; and Director, Strategic Technologies Program

Denise E. Zheng