U.S. military operations and installations around the world have 24/7 surveillance to not only to protect people but also billions of dollars in ammunition and technology. As more drones come to market, unauthorized drones are entering the sky and evading detection. A vigilant eye in the sky is not enough to locate commercial drones and provide identifying data to find the pilot, flight path, and type of drone. This information is critical for military security personnel to assess threats, divert operations, and protect their base.
The United States Department of Defense recently enacted a rule allowing military operations to defend themselves against drones outside of active combat zones. This decision is in direct response to multiple sightings of commercial drones near military facilities but does not recognize the technologies needed to detect drones and protect military airspace. Drone incidents are increasing, both from enemy combatants and hobby pilots who aren’t aware of the risks they’re creating. Proactive detection is the missing element to securing military airspace, and a critical element to integrate into the existing arsenal of detection and defense technologies already in place.