Militaries across the world continue to invest in drone technology to survey and conduct strategic offensive measures to protect and defend. The same technology is accessible and being used by politically-motivated terror groups aimed to cause harm to innocent civilians. Because of this, government agencies are turning to drone detection to not only track their own drone traffic, but also identify when an unauthorized drone has entered their airspace.
As recently as a decade ago, drone technology was being pioneered in the United States for military use. Today, dozens of countries manufacture and operate military-grade drones, and are developing Drone technology has been made available to private consumers around the world.
Anyone can purchase a drone off of an online retailer, and choose among hundreds of models. Federal government organizations and global military operations experienced multiple drone incidents firsthand in the first half of 2017, and were involved with the following activities:
- Use of weaponized drones by ISIS spurs terrorism fears: The terrorist group announced the establishment of a new “Unmanned Aircraft of the Mujahideen” unit, a fleet of modified drones equipped with bombs.
- Terrorist drone threat: US unprepared for growing danger, experts say: The emergence of terrorist drones flown by ISIS in Iraq has fueled interest in drone-defense technology – while raising questions about whether the U.S. is ready for potential drone terrorist attacks on the homeland.
- Report published, “A Decade Of Jihadi Organizations’ Use Of Drones – From Early Experiments By Hizbullah, Hamas, And Al-Qaeda To Emerging National Security Crisis For The West As ISIS Launches First Attack Drones”: The Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI) Jihad and Terrorism Threat Monitor Project has been monitoring jihadis’ use of drones over the past decade, and has seen their advances in research and development culminating in an ISIS release of a 40-minute video showing its new weaponized drones.
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