House votes to create drone czar at DHS
The U.S. House of Representatives has voted to install a “drone czar,” a senior official tasked with focusing solely on drones and their relationship to national and border security. The Federal Aviation Administration documented 1.9 million drones operating in the U.S. in 2016, a number expected to increase to 4.3 million by the end of 2020. These drones represent an increased risk of misuse by terrorists or narcotics traffickers. The drone czar position will also be responsible for “promoting research and development of counter UAS technologies,” technologies that have been receiving increasing federal funding in the military. Finally, the official will also be responsible for liasing between DHS and federal, state, local, and private sector entities on drone-related issues.