Drones pose a major threat, according to a relatively recent article by Major Thomas G. Pledger, an Infantry officer in the U.S. Army National Guard, currently serving in the Secretary of Defense Strategic Thinkers Program at Johns Hopkins’ School of Advanced International Studies in Washington, DC.
“The most prescient current technology that will enable future terrorist attacks is the drone. Drones have the ability of providing standoff, which can enable terrorists to conduct multiple attacks nearly simultaneously, rapidly magnifying their overall effect…The massive increase in the number of form factors, capabilities, ease of access and ease of operation of drones at low cost will make them the weapon of choice for future terrorists,” he wrote in the Association of the United States Army, a nonprofit educational and professional development association serving America’s Army.
Small, unmanned aerial system (sUAS) attacks threaten national and homeland security. They could be biological or chemical; occur inside populated stadiums, or open-air venues; target government buildings, landmarks, or critical facilities; include assassination attempts against political leaders or VIPs; disrupt law enforcement, military or border operations personnel, etc.
The threat is obviously not limited to the U.S. The European Commission issued a communication last year warning of this growing threat: “Drones (Unmanned aircraft systems) can be misused to target public spaces, individuals and critical infrastructure. While the EU has made it more difficult to use certain types of drones for malicious purposes, the rapid pace of innovation and easy access to drones means that the threat is likely to grow.”
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