US Lawmakers call on Army to coordinate small-drone defenses


To better defend military forces against small weaponized drones, lawmakers introduced legislation calling for the Army to coordinate troop defenses against small unmanned aerial systems for the Department of Defense.

Small drones — including small, easily acquired, commercially made drones — are an emerging threat to U.S. forces overseas, according to Sen. Maggie Hassan (D-N.H.) and Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee Chairman Ron Johnson (R-Wis.), who introduced the amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act during that committee’s consideration of the NDAA.

In some countries, small hobbyist quadcopters and other commercial drones have been weaponized by terrorists and guerilla forces who steer them into people or objects or modify them to carry explosives.

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Source: FCW