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 the ability to take action to stop these threats and that includes disabling, destroying and tracking.”

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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.

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