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CRS Report: Congressional Considerations on UAVs

Sep 17th, 2012 targetted killing

A CRS Report released last week discusses congressional considerations on unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVS). Specifically, the report addresses how to best accommodate emerging drone technology and usage.

 

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Modernization and Reform Act of 2012 sparked a policy debate on the issues of drone use for surveillance and law enforcement purposes. The Act requires the FAA to begin integrating UAVs into the national airspace system by the end of the 2015 fiscal year. To achieve this goal, the FAA must establish six domestic test ranges to study drones and potential technical problems that may arise.

The report also focuses on the feasibility of the Act’s requirements for the FAA as well as the public concern regarding the FAA’s seemingly limited authority over commercial uses of unmanned aircraft.

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