Drones are flooding America’s skies, and indeed, the skies around the world, more and more, providing eye-in-the-sky reports to news outlets, law enforcement agencies, insurance companies, entertainment industry interests, and more, according to a report in Joseph Farah’s G2 Bulletin.
Which is raising concern in the U.S. military, because what if, instead of cameras, they were carrying something dangerous?
After all, they are proliferating day to day.
That’s the concern driving a project by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, which wants a defense for American military convoys, on land or sea, should such an attack develop.
“These systems, which include fixed- or rotary-wing aircraft and have numerous advantages such as portability, low cost, commercial availability and easy upgradeability – pose a fast-evolving array of dangers for U.S. ground and maritime convoys,” the agency reported this week.
So it is working on a Mobile Force Protection plan that would address how to detect threats, identify them, track them and … neutralize them.
“All while mitigating collateral damage.”
The work was begun about a year ago when a Request for Information that attracted the attention of several groups.
Now groups include Dynetics Inc of Huntsville, Alabama, Saab Defense and Security USA of East Syracuse, New York, and SRC of North Syracuse, New York, are being given agreements to continue the next step of research.
That would include investigation of technology that operates in “real time” to defend against a potential threat.