Pentagon spokesman Navy Captain Jeff Davis said the various branches of the military received the new guidance on Friday, and this would be passed on to bases across the country. The Pentagon has given the military the green light and new guidelines allowing the military to down drones flying near or over select United States military bases.
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 Federal Aviation Administration, which worked on the ruling, estimates consumers and businesses will buy and fly at least 7 million drones by 2020.
In 2015, officials from the US military, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), and the FAA gathered at the DHS headquarters in Arlington, Virginia, to discuss the potential use of hobbyist drones by terrorists or assassins.
Military bases are only one of many places where drones are forbidden; airports have the same restrictions, as does airspace over people and places where emergency crews are working. Local commanders will now have that option if a drone is deemed to fly over a base that is deemed sensitive or pose a specific threat. "Protecting our forces remains our top priority".
What Caused the U.S. Army to Create This New Policy?
The newly given green light to destroy drones follows an April Pentagon order, banning drones from flying over military bases.
The number of small, hobbyist drones in operation will likely increase from about 1.1 million in 2016 to 3.55 million in 2021, the FAA predicted earlier this year.
The military already has several options for downing drones, ranging from using traditional ammunition to obliterate unwanted aircrafts to relying on radio waves to commandeer them.