Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts in Criminal Justice


Criminal Justice

First Advisor

Bichler, Gisela

Second Advisor

Gaines, Larry

Third Advisor

Schoepfer, Andrea


This study focused on the effects of drone attacks on the Al Qa ̕ida organization because the former CIA director, Leon Panetta, believed that this is the only tool that allows the United States to tackle or try to disrupt the leadership of Al Qa ̕ida. The use of drones as a tool to moderate situations and conduct covert operations by the CIA and U.S. military is a topic of debate and controversy. Drones are invaluable in regards to maintaining a presence in areas that can be extremely dangerous for service members or other individuals.