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NIST Releases Standard to Guide Emergency Response Drone Practice

The National Institute of Standards and Technology has published a new regulation to standardize the control of pilots on emergency response drones. The Standard for Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems Used for Public Safety Operations features 10 aerial test procedures that measure drone system functionality and pilot competency in performing basic maneuvers, NIST said Tuesday.

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Army Rapid Capabilities Office Developing Aerial Electronic Warfare Solution

The U.S. Army’s Rapid Capabilities Office is developing aerial electronic warfare capabilities for American forces deployed in Europe, C4ISRNET reported Wednesday. Pete Manternach, who heads the RCO’s EW efforts, told C4ISRNET via a letter that the airborne electronic warfare package is designed to extend the range at which electronic signals can be detected.

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Navy Commissions First UAS-Focused Test Squadron

The U.S. Navy has designated a new squadron tasked to test and evaluate unmanned aircraft systems for the service branch and the U.S. Marine Corps, with Cmdr. Matthew Densing serving as leader. 

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FBI Director Warns Senate of Threat Posed by Drones

FBI Director Christopher Wray has warned the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs that vulnerable targets in the U.S. could be attacked with the use of drones, Reuters reported Wednesday. Wray told legislators during a Senate committee hearing on Oct. 10 that such an attack is possible because drones can be purchased and operated easily.

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DHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen: FAA Reauthorization Would Help Government Regulate Drone Usage

Kirstjen Nielsen, secretary of Homeland Security, said in a statement that the recently passed FAA Reauthorization Act of 2018 would increase the government's capacity to protect U.S. citizens from drone-induced threats. She highlighted that existing regulations constrained the Department of Homeland Security's jurisdiction to address drone threats prior to the bill's passing, the DHS said Thursday.
 

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FAA Reauthorization Bill Includes Counter-Drone Provision

A Federal Aviation Administration reauthorization bill contains a provision that would allow the Department of Homeland Security to attack drones that threaten national assets, Bloomberg reported Saturday. Unveiled the same day, the provision is part of H.R. 302 which aims to provide the FAA with aviation safety funds to cover a five-year authorization period.

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Study: Drone Tech Proliferation Puts Regional, International Security at Risk

Foeke Postma and Wim Zwijnenburg of the Dutch non-government organization PAX stated in a July 2018 study that the proliferation of drone technology would likely put regional and international security at risk. The researchers subsequently called for “a vigorous assessment” to make sure drone technology is used “within existing legal frameworks” and conforms to international norms.

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Mark Bathrick: Drones Aid DOI in Emergency Response Missions

Mark Bathrick, director of the Interior Department‘s aviation services unit, has said that DOI uses unmanned aerial vehicles from the Defense Department to assist in emergency and disaster response efforts, Federal Times reported Thursday. The report said DOI maintains various drones such as the Falcon Hover, Pulse Vapor 55 and 3DR Solo Quadcopter. …

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