The Islamic State has made great strides developing and using drone technology to attack opposition forces in the Middle East. Department of Homeland Security officials are concerned this expertise could be transferred to terror attacks in the West and specifically the United States.
In January, ISIS started a drone warfare unit in order to inflict “a new source of horror for the apostates.”
“DHS does consider commercial drones configured or modified to employ explosives or weapons a concern. This is due to low-cost, ease of access, and the quick-pace of this evolving technology to adapt beneficial Unmanned System equipment for nefarious purposes,” said a DHS spokesman.
A study by the RAND Corporation said the advantage that drones provide to terrorists “is not, therefore, in the destructive power that they can carry; rather, it is in the way they carry it and the distance from which they allow an adversary to control its delivery. The value of this advantage to an adversary and, as a result, the likely attractiveness of these systems will therefore be driven by the benefits of aerial attack in solving specific operational problems.”
The FAA has recently begun to find ways to register and track drone use in the homeland. The availability and ease of use of drone technology makes the threat especially worrisome.
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