The US Air Force recently took down a weaponized Islamic State drone using an electronic weapon, according to Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James. UAVs stuffed with explosives are a new concern for those fighting ISIS.
Amid the rise of drones, or small unmanned aerial systems, DARPA, the Pentagon's research arm, is developing technology "to provide persistent, wide-area surveillance of all UAS operating below 1,000 feet in a large city."
Drone and model aircraft hobbyists within 30 miles of the nation’s capital are indefinitely grounded thanks to the Federal Aviation Administration doubling its no-fly zone. Some of the area’s 36 flying clubs are accredited, but they too will be downed.
The maximum security Oklahoma State Penitentiary was nearly breached by an unmanned aerial vehicle smuggling drugs and tools in. It crashed into the perimeter’s razor-wire. Now, prison officials are stepping up their game in trying to “maintain vigilance.”
As the United States has unleashed a Pandora's Box of unmanned drone technology in the last decade, the Army has prepared for the inevitable rise of other nations' drone forces with a drone cannon that it says has a range of more than a kilometer.
An iOS app that delivered news of United States drone strikes was taken off Apple's App Store due to "excessively crude or objectionable content." Metadata+ offered aggregated news in text format, along with maps of where the strikes occurred.