Military Bases Can Now Shoot Down Drones That Are Trespassing

Military Bases Can Now Shoot Down Drones That Are Trespassing

So why are military chiefs so concerned?

A drone is flown for recreational purposes in the sky above Old Bethpage, New York on August 30, 2015. Specific guidelines on the proper use of drones are listed on the FAA website, he pointed out.

Earlier that year, a drone had landed on the lawn of the White House. The policy specifically applies to drones that it says are potential "threats", but the military didn't say when or how a drone becomes a threat.

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In recent weeks, the Islamic State militant group (ISIS) has used drones to attack U.S. Special Operations soldiers and disrupt airstrikes near the Syrian city of Raqqa, its remaining stronghold in the country, as well as to attack forces battling to oust it from Iraq.

The Defense Department last week sent additional classified guidance to the services and installations to further flesh out how the military can defend against small unmanned aerial systems, according to a press release issued Monday.

Navy Capt. Jeff Davis, a Pentagon spokesman, told reporters Monday the new guidance details how DoD should coordinate with local communities on UAS restrictions. The armed forces also fear they could be used to spy on the US too.

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The U.S. Army hasn't specifically stated how close a drone has to be before it gets shot down.

The Pentagon has worked closely with the Dept. of Homeland Security on these measures and allows the military the options of using conventional weapons to shoot down a drone or other countermeasures include non-kinetic methods like the use of radio waves to disrupt drone flight. Davis said the military will determine how to handle each situation on a case-by-case basis depending on each circumstance and the type of installation where unmanned aircraft are loitering.

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