Pentagon issues classified rules for destroying drones over domestic U.S. military bases

Jerome Frank
August 9, 2017

The Pentagon has sent new guidance to the armed services that lays out the military's authority to disable or shoot down any drone that violates airspace restrictions over a US base and is deemed a security risk.

The new policy was announced by the USA government yesterday, and it aims to enable military bases to protect themselves from the potential malicious presence (surveillance, etc) of drones operated in their airspace.

Pentagon spokesman Navy Captain Jeff Davis said the various branches of the military received the new guidance on Friday, and this would be passed on to bases across the country.

The Pentagon has approved a new policy allowing military bases to shoot down private and commercial drones that are considered a threat.

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Davis said the military has always had the authority to defend the bases and troops, "but this I think makes it a little more solidified with what we're able to do, and it's been completely coordinated with the FAA". The Pentagon has given the military the green light and new guidelines allowing the military to down drones flying near or over select United States military bases. The military's engagement with drones "will depend upon the specific circumstances", he said. The new shoot-down guidelines build on FAA restrictions put in place in April that restricted drone use over 133 military bases.

What Caused the U.S. Army to Create This New Policy?

The military already has several options for downing drones, ranging from using traditional ammunition to obliterate unwanted aircrafts to relying on radio waves to commandeer them. Commercial drones, meanwhile, are expected to grow tenfold during that same period to 442,000 in 2021, according to the report.

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