United States military bases can now shoot down private drones

Posted August 09, 2017

Marine Corps Lieutenant General Vincent R. Stewart, director of the Defense Intelligence Agency, told the Senate Armed Services Committee in April that "In the past year, ISIS's use of unmanned aerial systems (drones) for surveillance and delivery of explosives has increased, posing a new threat to civilian infrastructure and military installations".

Davis said the policy was sent to military services and installations in July. The Pentagon has given the military the green light and new guidelines allowing the military to down drones flying near or over select USA military bases.

As drones increase in use, Pentagon officials have grown increasingly concerned they could interfere with military training operations within the United States or be used to target personnel. The military also has the right to capture and retain the drone if it so chooses, or to alternatively track it back to its operator.

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Pentagon spokesman Capt. Jeff Davis said the latest guidance, developed with the Federal Aviation Administration, lays out how the Defense Department will work with local communities regarding UAS restrictions on and near military facilities.

All UAS activities within the United States must follow appropriate FAA regulations and guidelines, Davis said, noting that UAS activity outside FAA rules and guidelines is considered "unauthorized activity".

The Pentagon has worked closely with the Dept. of Homeland Security on these measures and allows the military the options of using conventional weapons to shoot down a drone or other countermeasures include non-kinetic methods like the use of radio waves to disrupt drone flight.

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For now, bases can act "upon the specific circumstances" and deal with the problem however they see fit.

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