Public and private facilities are alarmingly vulnerable to reckless or hostile drones; and law enforcement and national security agencies face significant shortcomings in their capabilities to control access to sensitive airspace and interdict threatening drones.
Overcoming that deficiency will require the deployment of robust counter-UAS (CUAS). Such systems are already under development, including:
- Software designed to hack a drone and seize control of it
- Trained birds-of-prey
- Interceptor drones with nets
- Jamming devices meant to block control or navigation signals
- Laser or projectile weapons to destroy threatening UAS
U.S. law enforcement agencies will soon have the means to interdict UAS, but they lack clear legal authority to stop hostile drones from endangering the public. Congress should act so that critical infrastructure, sensitive facilities, and the public are not left vulnerable.
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