Pentagon Issues Guidance on Unauthorized Drone Operations Near Military Installations

Pentagon Issues Guidance on Unauthorized Drone Operations Near Military Installations

Pentagon Issues Guidance on Unauthorized Drone Operations Near Military Installations

First to report the news, the Military Times says the policy was sent out to U.S. armed services in July.

Drone enthusiasts take heed: If you don't want to see your precious drone blasted into a million pieces, keep clear of United States military installations.

The Pentagon has authorized secret rules of engagement for dealing with private and commercial drones found flying over or around any of 133 domestic military bases.

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The policy is classified.

"The new guidance does afford of the ability to take action to stop these threats and that includes disabling, destroying and tracking".

Air Force spokeswoman Erika Yepsen told Inside Defense this week the service is pleased with the progress made in partnership with the FAA but did not elaborate on what policy and acquisition work still needs to be done.

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The US Army can now shoot down drones, both private and commercial, that it deems a threat.

The Military Times highlighted one issue bound to arise from the new policy, noting that it isn't always clear which airspace belongs to the Defence Department. Those farmers sometimes find it easier to launch a drone to check on their cows or agriculture than to cover the miles by foot or truck.

The number of unmanned aircraft in American skies has grown rapidly in recent years and the Federal Aviation Authority (FAA) estimates there could be as many as 21 million operating in American skies by 2021. That announcement didn't say anything about the military reserving the right to obliterate or intercept drones, however.

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In April, almost all flights over United States military facilities were banned due to security concerns. Until now, the use of civilian or commercial drones over no-fly zones only resulted in fines and/or jail time.

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