As civilian technology continues to exponentially explode into the 21st century, a number of devices available to the public are making our military’s job that much harder.
Furthermore, the technology that is available to global citizens is also available to global terrorists and other ne’er do wells who wish to utilize such advancements for they own nefarious purposes. We have already been warned by terrorism experts over the horrifying realities of open source bomb and poison-making literature available on the world wide web, but a new threat could be filling the skies soon.
Of course, we are talking about Unmanned Aerial Vehicles, UAV’s, colloquially known a drones.
These devices, which are far more similar in appearance to a 4-rotored helicopter than the plane-like Predator Drones used by the U.S. military, are quickly becoming quite affordable in the marketplace and are often fitted with high definition cameras capable of GoPro quality video. This could allow evil doers stealth, unfettered access to any number of sensitive military sites within our nation.
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And that is precisely what one military installment in Washington D.C. fears is already occurring.
“Unauthorized drones are flying an average of twice a day above critical military infrastructure just 4 miles from the White House, according to new study from drone-detection start-up Dedrone and the Department of Defense.
“‘This is a concerning rate,’ Dedrone CEO Jorg Lamprecht told CNBC, ‘especially in light of international incidents where drones have crashed into other aircraft, and been used by terrorists, and used in other illicit activities.’
“To conduct their study, Dedrone and personnel from Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall installed drone detection systems on the roof of the National Defense University at Fort McNair. The systems picked up on 52 unwanted drone flights over 26 days during the late summer and early fall.
“At Fort Myer, another base in D.C., Dedrone’s systems detected 43 unauthorized flights over 30 days in September, perpetrated by pilots of DJI and Parrot drones”
The unauthorized viewing of military sites within our nation’s capital is worrisome enough as it is, but there are fears that camera-equipped drones could be the least of our concerns.
Terror groups have begun adapting these drones as weaponry in their jihadist campaigns, attaching improvised explosive devices to the devices and piloting them into sensitive locations. Given the quick and quiet nature of most drones, early detection is a must. Even when spotted soon, however, a skilled drone pilot can make it extremely difficult for the device to be intercepted in time.