USA military bases can now shoot down private drones

USA military bases can now shoot down private drones

The Pentagon has given more than 130 US military bases across the United States the green light to shoot down private and commercial drones that could endanger aviation safety or pose other threats.

The increased use of commercial and privately owned small unmanned aircraft systems has raised Defense Department (DoD) concerns for the safety and security of its installations, its aviation and its people, a Pentagon spokesman told reporters Monday, Aug. 7.

Yet on Monday, the Pentagon gave 130 military bases across the country the green light to shoot down private and commercial drones.

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.

The Pentagon is cracking down on the use of drones over USA military installations: bases now have permission to shoot and destroy any consumer drones flying overhead and nearby that are considered a threat.

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The military can track, disable and destroy UAS in accordance with new authority granted in the Fiscal Year 2017 National Defense Authorization Act and subsequent Defense Department policy. The Pentagon sent out unclassified guidance on how to communicate the policy to communities on Friday. The drones could also be seized or impounded.

In April, almost all flights over USA military facilities were banned due to security concerns. Additionally, terror groups like ISIS have been able to weaponize commercially available drones, increasingly using them in combat in Iraq and Syria.

Davis pointed out that drone flight is heavily regulated by the FAA, and said that the guidance was developed with the agency.

The FAA estimated the commercial drone fleet would grow from 42,000 at the end of 2016 to about 442,000 aircraft by 2021.

Drones are tools that when used properly can be useful in many different ways.

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