States Need More Authority to Counter Hostile Drones

At a hearing on June 6 to address legal authority to stop dangerous drones, Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wis., asked, “Is this really all we’re doing?”
The Prevent Emerging Threats Act of 2018, which Johnson introduced, was being debated by the panel he heads—the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee. He was asking if the legislation would do enough to allow authorities to counter emerging threats from drones.
The legislation would give federal law enforcement officers the legal authority to combat hostile drones by empowering the Department of Homeland Security and the Department of Justice to identify, track, intercept, and damage or destroy (if and when necessary) any drones being operated for unlawful purposes. The Department of Defense and Department of Energy already have this authority to protect certain military and nuclear assets.
This would be an important development, as authorities are grappling with how to counter hostile drones amid the rapid growth

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