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from the FAS Project on Government Secrecy
Volume 2012, Issue No. 4
January 19, 2012
Secrecy News Blog: http://www.fas.org/blog/secrecy/
** ARMY FORESEES EXPANDED USE OF DRONES IN U.S. AIRSPACE
** FOREIGN MILITARY ASSISTANCE, AND MORE FROM CRS
ARMY FORESEES EXPANDED USE OF DRONES IN U.S. AIRSPACE
The Army issued a new directive last week to govern the growing use of
unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) or "drones" within the United States for
training missions and for "domestic operations."
"The Army's unmanned aircraft systems represent emerging technology that
requires access to the National Airspace System," wrote Army Secretary John
M. McHugh in a January 13 memorandum.
Towards that end, the Army produced a revised policy on UAS operations to
support "expanded UAS access to the National Airspace System." A copy of
the new policy was obtained by Secrecy News. See Army Directive 2012-02,
January 13, 2012:
Much of the Army's UAS activity will be devoted to UAS operator training
conducted at or near military facilities, the policy indicates. But beyond
such training activities, the military also envisions a role for UAS in
unspecified "domestic operations" in civilian airspace, according to a 2007
Memorandum of Agreement between the Department of Defense and the Federal
Aviation Administration, which regulates domestic air traffic.
The 2007 Memorandum, which is appended to the new Army directive, was said
to "allow, in accordance with applicable law, increased access for DoD UAS
into the elements of the NAS [National Airspace System] outside of
DoD-managed Restricted Areas or Warning Areas."
The 2007 agreement was intended to "ensure DoD UAS assets have NAS access
for domestic operations, including the War on Terror (WOT).... This
guidance applies to all DoD UAS, whether operated by Active, Reserve,
National Guard, or other personnel."
A prior edition of the Army's "Unmanned Aircraft System Flight
Regulations," which will be updated to incorporate the latest policy, can
be found on the Federation of American Scientists web site here:
The Electronic Frontier Foundation last week filed a Freedom of
Information Act lawsuit seeking information on domestic drone operations.
FOREIGN MILITARY ASSISTANCE, AND MORE FROM CRS
Some new or updated reports from the Congressional Research Service that
have not been made readily available to the public include the following.
"Security Assistance Reform: 'Section 1206' Background and Issues for
Congress," January 13, 2012:
"The Berry Amendment: Requiring Defense Procurement To Come From Domestic
Sources," January 13, 2012:
"In Brief: Assessing DOD's New Strategic Guidance," January 12, 2012:
"Circular A-76 and the Moratorium on DOD Competitions: Background and
Issues for Congress," January 17, 2012:
"The Federal Networking and Information Technology Research and
Development Program: Background, Funding and Activities," January 13, 2012:
"Nuclear Power Plant Design and Seismic Safety Considerations," January
"Chemical Facility Security: Issues and Options for the 112th Congress,"
January 13, 2012:
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