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Report highlights terrorist potential of drones

from NMLEA

A recent report from the United States Military Academy's Combating Terrorism Center at West Point highlighted the use of unmanned aerial systems by the Islamic State of Iraq and ash-Sham and discussed the potential employment of this technology by other terrorist organizations. While UAS have beneficial uses such as search and rescue and border security, they can also be used by individuals with nefarious intent, as was the case in a July 2018 incident in which an environmental activist group crashed a drone into a French nuclear power plant to illustrate its vulnerability. Similarly, a camera equipped drone could be a useful tool to conduct preoperational surveillance in preparation for a terror attack. Additional information on the security challenges posed by UAS can be found on the DHS website.

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