Sanctions Won't Hurt Iran’s UAV Program

August 5, 2021

Weapon Program: 

  • Military


Kirsten Fontenrose


Defense One

U.S. officials recently announced that they are considering sanctions against a supply chain that enables Iran’s unmanned aerial systems, or UAS, program. But sanctions are unlikely to be effective, and in fact, are almost beside the point. What is needed is a multilateral effort around ending Iran’s support of militias acting against internationally recognized governments.

The closer look at UAS-directed sanctions is in part the Biden administration acting on its promise to help Saudi Arabia ward off rockets and drones fired from Houthi rebel positions on the Yemeni border. It is also an attempt to protect U.S. forces from increasingly sophisticated drone attacks by Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps proteges in Iraq.


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