Unmanned Aerial System Threats: Exploring Security Implications and Mitigation Technologies, Hearing Before Subcommittee on Oversight and Management Efficiency of the Committee on Homeland Security, U.S. House of Representatives, One Hundred Fourteenth Congress, First Session, March 18, 2015   [open pdf - 293KB]

This is the March 18, 2015 hearing "Unmanned Aerial System Threats: Exploring Security Implications and Mitigation Technologies," held before the House Committee on Homeland Security. From the opening statement of Subcommittee Chairman Scott Perry: "Last month, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) released proposed rules to allow for operation of small UAS for non-recreational purposes into domestic airspace. The proposed rules would place numerous limitations on flying small UAS [unmanned aerial systems]: flights could take place only in daylight, the area of operations would be limited, and only visual-line-of-sight operations would be permitted. These proposed rules now are open for public comment. Our hearing today will focus on the security implications of opening our skies to small UAS and how agencies such as the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), federal, state, and local law enforcement should prepare. Several recent security incidents are concerning. In January, a small quadcopter crashed on the White House lawn. Although the incident seemingly was accidental, it exposed the larger issue of how law enforcement should respond to UAS threats and, subsequently, the Secret Service quickly scheduled exercises in the D.C. area in response. Next, a September 2013 incident where a small UAS landed only inches away from German Chancellor Angela Merkel also exposed serious concerns and the challenge that protective services around the world now face. Last but not least, French police recently were confounded when several unidentified small UAS flew over key Paris landmarks, including the Eiffel Tower as well as nuclear power plants. French authorities are investigating, but again, this incident showcases the challenges for law enforcement to respond swiftly to this new technology." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Todd E. Humphreys, Frederick Roggero, Richard Beary, and Gregory S. McNeal.

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