Citadel counter-drone, regulatory environment for counter UAS

Source: Citadel Defense

At the AUVSI NE UAS and AAM Summit, a panel of experts discussed the regulatory environment for counter UAS technology.

Led by the FAA’s Executive Director of the Office of UAS and Emerging Entrants Security, Abigail Smith, a panel of experts and stakeholders discussed the current regulatory landscape for counter UAS (CUAS) technology: and how regulations should evolve from here.

Currently, federal law prohibits anyone except a few authorized agencies, operating under strictly defined circumstances, from disabling an aircraft: including an unauthorized drone.  This means that jamming, catching, or otherwise bringing down a drone threat is not legal for most law enforcement, state agencies, or private sector infrastructure companies.  A 2020 advisory on the use of counter UAS systems stated:

Congress has exclusively authorized the Departments of Defense, Energy, Justice, and Homeland Security to engage in limited UAS detection and…