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DHS S&T Taps Two Organizations for Data Privacy R&D Effort

The Department of Homeland Security’s Science and Technology Directorate awarded two organizations a total of $1.1M to support the Data Privacy research and development project, DHS said Thursday. The Data Privacy effort aims to mitigate privacy risks on critical data transmitted through mobile computing, connected sensor platforms, automated systems and other digital services.

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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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DARPA Demos UAS With Target Detection Skills in GPS-Less Environments

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency tested an unmanned aerial system with built-in capabilities from the agency's Collaborative Operations in Denied Environment program. The test evaluated how the airborne platform responds to threats in an anti-access area denial region.

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Audit Set for November for FAA’s Drone Authorization Efforts

The Department of Transportation’s inspector general has announced that it will conduct an audit of the Federal Aviation Administration’s role in authorizing operations of small unmanned aircraft systems in  U.S. airspace.

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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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Trump Administration Supports Bill to Prevent UAS Threats

The Trump administration has expressed support for a Senate bill that would authorize the departments of Homeland Security and Justice to develop, test and deploy technology aimed at countering unmanned aircraft systems that pose safety risks to the public. The Preventing Emerging Threats Act of 2018 also proposes measures to further commercial …

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