The classified guidelines were drafted in consultation with the Federal Aviation Administration and issued last month over growing security concerns posed by publicly owned drones, or "unmanned aerial systems", U.S. Navy Capt. Jeff Davis told reporters at the Pentagon.
The government has become more strict about drone rules and what happens when you break those rules, and latest among its efforts to curb improper drone usage is a new policy that lets the military shoot them out of the sky.
The new guidance specifies how DoD will interact with local communities about UAS restrictions on and near military installations, Davis said, adding that it follows classified guidance that was provided to the services and installations in early July.
Guidance was sent August 4 to the services and to installations about the use of small unmanned aircraft systems - commonly called drones - over and around military installations in the United States, Navy Capt. Jeff Davis said. "The FAA is in the process of coordinating with these agencies as the legislation requires".
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Prominent locations including the Pentagon and Washington are already "no drone zones". Drones may also be tracked or seized for investigative purposes.
Military analysts have always been concerned about the possibility of drones being used against the United States for espionage purposes. The armed forces also fear they could be used to spy on the US too.
For now, bases can act "upon the specific circumstances" and deal with the problem however they see fit. On Friday, Small UAS News reported that the army had banned drones by Chinese manufacturer DJI over concerns about their "cyber vulnerabilities". Commercial drones, meanwhile, are expected to grow tenfold during that same period to 442,000 in 2021, according to the report.