Military Bases Can Now Shoot Down Drones That Are Trespassing

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While the specific actions that the USA military can take against drones are classified, they include destroying or seizing private and commercial drones that pose a threat, Pentagon spokesman Navy Captain Jeff Davis told reporters on Monday.

"We support civilian law enforcement investigations in the prosecution of unauthorized UAS operations over military installations, and though we do not discuss specific force-protection measures, we of course retain the right of self-defense", Davis said in the release.

The government has become more strict about drone rules and what happens when you break those rules, and latest among its efforts to curb improper drone usage is a new policy that lets the military shoot them out of the sky.

In 2015, officials from the USA 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.

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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". While conventional weapons could be used to shoot down a drone, other countermeasures include non-kinetic methods like the use of radio waves to disrupt drone flight. The armed forces also fear they could be used to spy on the USA too.

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. On Friday, Small UAS News reported that the army had banned drones by Chinese manufacturer DJI over concerns about their "cyber vulnerabilities".

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

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