Military Can Destroy Drones Over US Bases: Pentagon

Posted August 09, 2017

USA military officials are now authorized to destroy personal or commercial drones flying into restricted airspace in and around 133 domestic military installations, Pentagon officials said Monday.

Flying drones in airports, military bases, and sports stadiums is already illegal, but having the right to physically disable drones by force is something new.

He said that the actions taken by military officials at the bases to address a threat posed by a drone could include "incapacitating or destroying them". The Federal Aviation Administration, which worked on the ruling, estimates consumers and businesses will buy and fly at least 7 million drones by 2020.

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Sources described the suspect as a French national born in Mauritania, western Africa, who left a psychiatric hospital in July. Monuments in the French capital are occasionally evacuated for security reasons as part of those measures.

The new guidance specifies how DoD will interact with local communities about UAS restrictions on and near military installations, Davis said, adding that it follows classified guidance that was provided to the services and installations in early July.

In 2015, officials from the US military, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), and the FAA gathered at the DHS headquarters in Arlington, Virginia, to discuss the potential use of hobbyist drones by terrorists or assassins. The FAA said there could be as many as 1.6 million commercial drones in use by 2021. The policy specifically applies to drones that it says are potential "threats", but the military didn't say when or how a drone becomes a threat. "Protecting our forces remains our top priority". The armed forces also fear they could be used to spy on the US too. The military's engagement with drones "will depend upon the specific circumstances", he said. On Friday, Small UAS News reported that the army had banned drones by Chinese manufacturer DJI over concerns about their "cyber vulnerabilities".