Policy: US Military Can Now Shoot Down Drones

The Department of Defense has signed off on a new policy that allows US Military installations to shoot down and civilian or personal drones that pose a threat.

Navy spokesman Capt. Davis stated, the US Military “retain the right of self-defense when it comes to UAVs or drones operating over [them,]” said Davis. “The new guidance does afford of the ability to take action to stop these threats and that includes disabling, destroying and tracking.”

This does not give the US Military the complete ability to shoot down any trespassing drone and it specifies that the drone must first pose a threat prior to engagement.  In many cases the US Military shares airspace with civilians and drone use will be allowed as per the FAA guidelines.

The new policy will affect 133 military installations around the US.

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