DHS asks Congress for legal authority to neutralize drones

Daily News Article - May 16, 2018


1. The first paragraph of a news article should answer the questions who, what, where and when. List the who, what, where and when of this news item. (NOTE: The remainder of a news article provides details on the why and/or how.)

2. a) What did DHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen tell the Senate Homeland Security Committee DHS needs regarding drones?
b) What is DHS’ concern over drones, according to Secretary Nielsen?

3. Describe the legislation introduced by a bipartisan group of senators.

4. In addition to terrorists using drones, for what other nefarious purposes has DHS seen drones used?

5. a) What bans regarding drones did the FAA implement in 2017?
b) What authority did the Pentagon give U.S. military bases in 2017?

6. a) The FAA said in January that more than 1 million drones have been registered. Builders, contractors, real estate agents, search and rescue operations, sports teams, etc. have all used drones. Amazon, Walmart, even a Philadelphia dry cleaner have or had tested using drones for delivery services. The positives are fairly evident. List several of the negatives should widespread drone use be permitted across the country.
b) Consider the threat posed by terrorists using drones to strike targets in the U.S. Do you think the federal government should do more to regulate or limit the number of drones owned / used by citizens? or is just giving DHS and the military legal authorization to take out dangerous or hostile drones enough? Explain your answer.