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CRS Reports

  • Domestic Drones and Privacy: A Primer [March 30, 2015]
    "It has been three years since Congress enacted the FAA Modernization and Reform Act of 2012 (FMRA), calling for the integration of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), or 'drones,' into the national airspace by September 2015. Du… more
    Thompson, Richard M., II
  • Drones in Domestic Surveillance Operations: Fourth Amendment Implications and Legislative Responses [April 3, 2013]
    "This report assesses the use of drones under the Fourth Amendment right to be free from unreasonable searches and seizures. The touchstone of the Fourth Amendment is reasonableness. A reviewing court's determination of the re… more
    Thompson, Richard M., II
  • Unmanned Aircraft Operations in Domestic Airspace: U.S. Policy Perspectives and the Regulatory Landscape [January 27, 2016]
    From the Summary: "Unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), often referred to as 'drones,' have become commonplace over the past few years. As UAS technology develops rapidly, the United States faces significant challenges in balancin… more
    Elias, Bartholomew

DoD Reports

  • Defense Science Board Summer Study on Autonomy
    "At the request of the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology, and Logistics (USD(AT&L)), the Defense Science Board (DSB) conducted a study on the applicability of autonomy to Department of Defense (DoD) missio… more
  • Lethal and Legal? The Ethics of Drone Strikes
    From the Brief Synopsis on the Army War College (U.S.). Strategic Studies Institute website: "While supporters claim that drone warfare is not only legal but ethical and wise, others have suggested that drones are prohibited w… more
    Keene, Shima
  • Unmanned Systems Integrated Roadmap FY2013-2038
    "The purpose of this Roadmap is to articulate a vision and strategy for the continued development, production, test, training, operation, and sustainment of unmanned systems technology across the Department of Defense (DoD). R… more

Executive Branch

  • Promoting Economic Competitiveness While Safeguarding Privacy, Civil Rights, and Civil Liberties in Domestic Use of Unmanned Aircraft Systems
    This is a "Memorandum for the Heads of Executive Departments and Agencies" on the use of Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) in the United States written by President Barack Obama. From the document: "UAS technology continues to i… more
    Obama, Barack

GAO & OIG Reports

  • Unmanned Aerial Systems: FAA Continues Progress toward Integration into the National Airspace, Report to Congressional Committees
    "UASs [unmanned aerial system] are aircraft that do not carry a pilot aboard, but instead operate on pre-programmed routes or are manually controlled by following commands from pilot-operated ground control stations. Unau… more

General Research & Reports

  • Best Practices for Protecting Privacy, Civil Rights & Civil Liberties in Unmanned Aircraft Systems Programs
    "The development of a new technology, significant improvement of a current technology, or the new application of an existing technology often results in concerns about the impact on individual privacy, civil rights, and civil … more
  • Integration of Civil Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) in the National Airspace System (NAS) Roadmap, First Edition - 2013
    "Since the early 1990s, unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) have operated on a limited basis in the National Airspace System (NAS). Until recently, UAS mainly supported public operations, such as military and border security opera… more
  • UAS on Main Street: Policy and Enforcement at the Local Level
    From the abstract: "Due to increasing system sophistication and affordability, unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) are becoming more popular among hobbyists and businesses. UAS also pose a threat to homeland security as they could… more
    Yakabe, Alison
  • Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) Service Demand 2015-2035: Literature Review & Projections of Future Usage
    "This report assesses opportunities, risks, and challenges attendant to future development and deployment of UAS within the National Airspace System (NAS) affecting UAS forecast growth from 2015 to 2035. Analysis of four key a… more
  • Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Comprehensive Plan: A Report on the Nation's UAS Path Forward
    "The 'Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Comprehensive Plan' details work that has been accomplished, along with future efforts needed to achieve safe integration of UAS into the National Airspace System (NAS). Throughout Fiscal … more
  • Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Registration Task Force (RTF), Aviation Rulemaking Committee (ARC): Task Force Recommendations Final Report
    "The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) chartered the Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Registration Task Force (RTF) Aviation Rulemaking Committee (ARC) (Task Force) to provide recommendations to the FAA 'on registration r… more


  • S. Hrg. 113-696: The Future of Unmanned Aviation in the U.S. Economy: Safety and Privacy Considerations, Hearing before the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, United States Senate, One Hundred Thirteenth Congress, Second Session, January 15, 2014
    This is the January 15, 2014 hearing, "The Future of Unmanned Aviation in the U.S. Economy: Safety and Privacy Considerations," before the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science & Transportation. From the opening statement… more
  • Serial No. 113-5: Operating Unmanned Aircraft Systems in the National Airspace System: Assessing Research and Development Efforts to Ensure Safety, Hearing Before the Subcommittee on Oversight, Committee on Science, Space, and Technology, House of Representatives, One Hundred Thirteenth Congress, First Session, Friday, February 15, 2013
    This is the February 15, 2013 hearing on "Operating Unmanned Aircraft Systems in the National Airspace System: Assessing Research and Development Efforts to Ensure Safety," held before the U.S. House Committee on Science, Spac… more
  • Serial No. 114-9: 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
    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… more


  • Ethics on the Fly: Toward a Drone-Specific Code of Conduct for Law Enforcement
    From the thesis abstract: "This thesis examines the issue of law enforcement's use of unmanned aerial systems (UAS) from an ethical perspective. As UAS have only recently been introduced into the National Airspace System (NAS)… more
    Smith, Brian T.
  • Unmanned Aircraft Systems for Emergency Management: A Guide for Policy Makers and Practitioners
    From the thesis abstract: "Responding to disasters is a critical function for first responders and the emergency management community. The primary mission when responding to disasters is saving lives, which often requires the … more
    Price, Darren E.


  • Consortium for Robotics and Unmanned Systems Education and Research (CRUSER) [website]
    From the website: "The Naval Postgraduate School's [NPS] Consortium for Robotics and Unmanned Systems Education and Research (CRUSER) provides a collaborative environment and community of interest for the advancement of unmann… more