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H.R. 6438 Unmanned Aircraft Systems Coordinator Act

H.R. 6438 Unmanned Aircraft Systems Coordinator Act

An interesting update on drone security was recently published by the AAAE Legislative Alliance on the H.R. 6438 DHS Countering Unmanned Aircraft Systems Coordinator Act. Introduced by Rep. Scott Perry (R-PA) July 18, 2018, the bill would amend the Homeland Security Act of 2002, establishing a DHS Coordinator position to:

  • Coordinate the development of policies and plans to counter threats associated with unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), including countering UAS that may be used in a terrorist attack, promoting research and development of counter UAS technologies, ensuring dissemination of information and guidance, and serving as DHS point of contact for all levels of government as well as with the private sector.
  • Ensure testing, development, evaluation or deployment of a system used to identify, assess or defeat a UAS is carried out in accordance with applicable Federal laws.

My thoughts on the topic…While a single drone my not be able to cause significant damage, think about a swarm attack. The swarms of drones you see performing at events like the Super Bowl and the Olympics, can easily be converted for criminal and terrorist use.

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