The FAA says it receives over 100 reports every month of drone encounters. The Department of Homeland Security says Unmanned Aircraft Systems UAS, aka DRONES, are fast becoming a safety and security threat to Americans. The threats may include:

  • Weaponized or Smuggling Payloads – Depending on power and payload size, UAS may be capable of transporting contraband, chemical, or other explosive/weaponized payloads.
  • Prohibited Surveillance and Reconnaissance – UAS are capable of silently monitoring a large area from the sky for nefarious purposes.
  • Intellectual Property Theft – UAS can be used to perform cyber crimes involving theft of trade secrets, technologies, or sensitive information.
  • Intentional Disruption or Harassment – UAS may be used to disrupt or invade the privacy of other individuals.

Does the technology to prevent these attacks exist? Is this the future weapon of choice by terrorists? Will these also be used by more common robbers and murderers?

Thomas Banks, a serial technology entrepreneur, innovator and software architecture in disciplines ranging from healthcare to mobile gaming. The Panel of Voices for this episode: Dennis Santiago is an American Strategist, Philosopher and Patriot. Jim McCay is a Political Analyst, Commentator and Radio Producer. 

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