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Military Bases Authorized to Shoot Down Trespassing Drones

10 August 2017

Flying drones have long been banned over military bases in the U.S. and regulation has been cropping up all over the world to hinder the way these unmanned aerial vehicles can operate in the public.

But now the Pentagon has gone one step forward allowing military branches to shoot down drones that get too close to the bases.

According to newly declassified guidelines, the government will let military personnel decide to either disable, track, destroy or take possession of errant drones if they get too close to the bases. The rules indicate that both private and commercial drones can be seized.

Drone technology is not going anywhere. If anything, the use of drones will be increasing for years to come. That is forcing governments to determine how to regulate the use of UAVs and where they can and cannot go, as well as how far and how high they can fly.

This latest move by the Pentagon is just one more step toward containing their use in sensitive areas.

To contact the author of this article, email Peter.Brown@ieeeglobalspec.com


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