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A new report suggests that moving the U.S. drone program from the authority of the CIA to the Defense Department, may not happen as quickly as the White House wants.  The overall complexity of the drone program, not to mention the tension between the Pentagon and the CIA, are some factors in the delay.

The Obama administration continues to face mounting pressure from human rights groups and the like, to scale back the program and open it up to greater public scrutiny.  The military has its own drone program, which has launched attacks in Iraq and Afghanistan.  The CIA program is more clandestine, is less expensive to operate and goes into areas that the military can't go.  For example, by law, the military is not allowed to conduct hostile actions outside a declared war zone, such as in Pakistan, where much of the drone attacks have taken place.  Along with these differences, the two programs also have different approaches in achieving the goals of their specific programs.  Finally, some analyses also suggest that the CIA is more inclined to drone attacks than the military.

Although drone attacks are spoken of publicly, they are still officially covert operations.  Issues around foreign policy are now becoming a concern, as well.  As other nations develop their own drone programs, some suggest that by the U.S. be more open about its program, it will set a standard for how others operate theirs.





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