The Drone Threat: At Home and Abroad

Jesse Vasquez on Feb 22, 2017


Early one morning in January of 2015, Secret Service personnel were shocked upon discovering that their advanced White House radar systems failed to detect a small, slow-flying commercial drone before it crashed into the South Lawn. Later that same year, a Japanese man attached a small amount of radioactive material to another drone and landed it on the roof of the Japanese Prime Minister shortly before being arrested. Fortunately, in both incidents, no one was injured, but these events highlighted the growing risks that these small, widely-available drones pose to modern day defense and security measures.

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