Anti-drone rules set at mil­i­tary bases

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - NATIONAL -

WASH­ING­TON — The Pen­tagon has is­sued new guide­lines lay­ing out the mil­i­tary’s au­thor­ity to dis­able or shoot down any drone that vi­o­lates airspace re­stric­tions over a U.S. base and is deemed a se­cu­rity risk.

On Mon­day, Navy Capt. Jeff Davis told Pen­tagon re­porters that a clas­si­fied pol­icy was ap­proved in July. On Fri­day, ad­di­tional pub­lic in­for­ma­tion was sent to mil­i­tary bases around the coun­try so of­fi­cials can alert com­mu­ni­ties about the re­stric­tions and what ac­tions the mil­i­tary can take.

Davis said the new pol­icy de­tails ac­tions the mil­i­tary can take to stop any threat, in­clud­ing de­stroy­ing or seiz­ing any un­manned air­craft — in­clud­ing smaller ones that the pub­lic can eas­ily buy — that is flown over a base.

“The in­crease of com­mer­cial and pri­vate drones in the U.S. has raised our con­cerns with re­gards to safety and se­cu­rity of our in­stal­la­tions,” said Davis.

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