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As drones become more common, so do the problems associated with them, such as interference near airports, security concerns around crowds and illegal use. The Government Accountability Office (GAO) released a report about counter-drone activities.

  • Brian Bothwell, director on the Science, Technology Assessment, and Analytics Team at GAO, said his team’s report poses the questions of which additional government entities should be allowed to use counter-drone technologies and what kind of oversight they would require.
  • Bothwell said a drone caused a New York airport to shut down for an hour in 2019 and said drones have been used for smuggling drugs over the border.
  • He said the Departments of Defense, Energy, Justice and Homeland Security are currently the only departments that can legally counter drones.

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