S. 2836: The Preventing Emerging Threats Act of 2018: Countering Malicious Drones, Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs, United States Senate, One Hundred Sixteenth Congress, June 6, 2018   [open html - 24KB]

This web page contains a full video recording of the June 6, 2018 hearing titled "The Preventing Emerging Threats Act of 2018: Countering Malicious Drones" held before the United States Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs. From the opening statement of Ron Johnson: "Unmanned aircraft systems, or drones, can be used by adversaries in a number of ways to harm or threaten public safety. As is the case when discussing any potential threats, I am wary of providing too much information publicly that could be used by those that want to do us harm. But it should come as no surprise that extremists and criminals both at home and abroad continue to develop drone technology to use for malign purposes. Traffickers use drones to conduct surveillance or smuggle illegal drugs into our country. Criminals use drones to smuggle weapons and other contraband into secure areas including federal prisons. Terrorists use drones to execute their evil attacks against innocent civilians. The number of drone incidents reported by federal agencies - for example drone flights over sensitive areas or suspicious activities - has skyrocketed from 8 incidents in 2013 to an estimated 1,752 incidents in 2016. The technology is not only constantly evolving, but is getting cheaper and easier to buy off the shelf and manipulate. I am concerned that the federal government does not have the legal authorities it needs to protect the American public from these kinds of threats. The threats posed by malicious drones are too great to ignore. It is not enough to simply tell operators of unmanned aircraft not to fly in certain areas; we must give federal law enforcement the authority to act if necessary." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: David J. Glawe, Hayley Chang, Scott Brunner, and Angela H. Stubblefield.

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