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S&T Counter Unmanned Aircraft Systems Legal Authorities Fact Sheet

The Preventing Emerging Threats Act of 2018 grants the Department of Homeland Security statutory authority to counter credible threats from unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) to the safety or security of a covered facility or asset. This authority is paramount to the Department’s mission to protect and secure the Homeland from evolving threats. The Department is in the process of coordinating with Components and stakeholders regarding the need for additional counter-UAS (CUAS) authorities.

Snapshot: Working with NASA to Secure Drone Traffic

NASA, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and industry have partnered to develop a capability to manage national airspace drone traffic in the future, called the Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Traffic Management (UTM) infrastructure, rolling out in phases over time.

Snapshot: Detecting Drones Through Machine Learning, Cameras

Combined with machine learning, however, a camera can tell a different story. Today, this budding technology is helping the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) and Sandia National Laboratories create more precise drone detection capability through visuals alone.

Written testimony of I&A Under Secretary and OGC for a Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs hearing titled “S. 2836, the Preventing Emerging Threats Act of 2018: Countering Malicious Drones”

U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Office of Intelligence and Analysis (I&A) Under Secretary David Glawe and DHS Office of the General Counsel (OGC) Deputy General Counsel Hayley Chang address DHS’ role in countering threats from small Unmanned Aircraft Systems in the National Airspace System.

UAS Considerations for Law Enforcement Action

Unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), also known as unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) or drones, are aircraft without a human pilot onboard that are controlled by an operator remotely or programmed to fly autonomously.

Countering Unmanned Aircraft Systems

DHS’s Science and Technology Directorate’s Program Executive Office for Unmanned Aircraft Systems (PEO UAS), working with component counterparts, is developing an approach to evaluate Countering Unmanned Aerial Systems (CUAS) solutions to inform acquisition and utilization decisions based on the needs and requirements of specific DHS components.

UAS Fact Sheets

These are printer-friendly fact sheets on the challenges that unmanned aircraft systems (UAS)—also known as unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) or drones—can present to critical infrastructure and several courses of action that law enforcement and critical infrastructure owners and operators may want to take.

UAS - Critical Infrastructure

In addition to recreational use, unmanned aircraft systems (UAS)—also known as unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) or drones—are used across our Nation to support firefighting and search and rescue operations, to monitor and assess critical infrastructure, to provide disaster relief by transporting emergency medical supplies to remote locations, and to aid efforts to secure our borders. However, UAS can also be used for malicious schemes by terrorists, criminal organizations (including transnational organizations), and lone actors with specific objectives.

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