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Department of Defense Signs $18 Million Counter-UAS Contract

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Current federal law does not allow state or local government to take action against drones, even when they’re being flown illegally. This includes local law enforcement and security officials who remain unequipped to respond to possible security threats posed by an illegal or rogue drone.

However, counter unmanned aerial systems (C-UAS) have been in use by the Department of Defense and U.S. military overseas for years. Congress established classified policy for how the military can counter drone threats state-side in July 2017. The DOD’s most recent move in regards to C-UAS technology has been acquiring a multi-million-dollar contract with Blighter Surveillance Systems and Liteye Systems.

C-UAS use beyond military use recently became more tenable—in October, Congress passed the FAA Reauthorization Act of 2018, which includes a section titled "Preventing Emerging Threats." This section expands the authority to use C-UAS beyond military personnel to other personnel approved by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Department of Justice (DOJ). 

Learn more about the DOD's contract with Blighter and Liteye in our recent article "Department of Defense Signs $18 Million Counter-UAS Contract | Future Outlook for Federal and State C-UAS Use."

Share your thoughts here on the future of C-UAS use by federal, state, and local government. 

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