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Pentagon Domestic Drone Use at All-Time High

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Department of Defense (DoD) drone operations have reached an all-time high in the United States according to new data released by the Pentagon. According to the data, the Pentagon deployed drones domestically more often last year than in the previous five years combined.

When prompted to think about drone use by the military, many think about the deployment of armed drones in foreign wars. It’s not often that military drone use is discussed stateside/domestically. However, this new data reveals that military drone use is on the rise here at home in the U.S. But it may not be in the ways you expect. 

Learn more about the reasons behind the Pentagon's domestic drone operations in our recent article: How the Pentagon Uses Drones | DoD Domestic Drone Use Reaches All-time High.

Just as the military is increasing their use of drones, so are civilians. Drones have been used by the military since the times of World War II, but the civilian and commercial use of drones has only taken off recently. The number of registered drone operators in the U.S. reached over 116,000 in 2018. 

Share your thoughts on the increasing use of drone technology in both the military and civil sectors in the comments below. 

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Your conflating a lot of issues here.  

On May 23 2018 the Undersecretary of Defense BANNED all Commercial-Off-The-Shelf drones.  So the use of Chinese manufactured consumer drones is not on the rise.  The use of drones manufactured by a program of record DoD contractor is on the rise.  

Plus the use of drones like the Phantom/MAGIC/Inspire for industrial inspection where the requirement of the quality of data is on the rise is definitely on the decline.  That’s not to say that sales of those drones to people aspiring to do industrial inspection are not strong, but they’re not effective.  

 

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16 hours ago, Av8Chuck said:

Your conflating a lot of issues here.  

On May 23 2018 the Undersecretary of Defense BANNED all Commercial-Off-The-Shelf drones.  So the use of Chinese manufactured consumer drones is not on the rise.  The use of drones manufactured by a program of record DoD contractor is on the rise.  

Plus the use of drones like the Phantom/MAGIC/Inspire for industrial inspection where the requirement of the quality of data is on the rise is definitely on the decline.  That’s not to say that sales of those drones to people aspiring to do industrial inspection are not strong, but they’re not effective.  

 

Hi @Av8Chuck

You bring up an important point that the drones used by the DoD are manufactured by specific contractors. The article covers data from the entire 2018 fiscal year, including DoD operations prior to the ban. They deployed the DJI Phantom from the Chinese manufacturer during 2018 in two instances: (1) to provide installation support in DoD airspace at Camp Pendleton, CA and (2) to provide support at a public air show at Cherry Point, NC.

Anyway, I think it's important to bring up the ban as you have, and I may add a note about it to the article. 

 

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