According to a new Defense Department study conducted by the drone surveillance startup Dedrone, drones are increasingly flying over military installations in the U.S. without authorization.
The contractor conducted a 56-day drone-detection pilot test demonstration at Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall, located just four miles away from the White House in Washington, D.C, as part of an Army effort to develop counter-drone security measures. The test revealed 95 instances of “previously undetectable” drone activity above the installation.
Base commander Col. Patrick Duggan characterized the drones as an “existential national problem, long overdue for a solution.”
“t’s only a matter of time before drones will be used to carry chemicals, explosives, small arms or kamikaze into a facility, person, or throng of crowds on a military base,’ he warned. “The clock is ticking, and we don’t want to wait until it’s too late.”
Duggan also noted the drone activity could present a threat to installation information security via hacking of wifi and GPS networks. He said the need for a solution is vitally important given the facility’s location and the nature of its missions.
“The base has unique features unlike any other installation,” he said. “The most senior military leadership reside here, it has security responsibility for the most sacred grounds, Arlington National Cemetery, and the base’s joint footprint is deep inside D.C.’s no-fly zone.”
Last month, ISIS released footage of a drone dropping a bomb on an ammunition depot in a Syrian soccer stadium, successfully destroying the cache. In September, an Army UH-60 Blackhawk helicopter was struck by a civilian drone.
Full article: Report: Drones ‘Buzzing’ U.S. Military Installations (TruNews)