The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) on Wednesday urged Congress to approve legislation giving the federal government new powers to disable or destroy threatening drones, according to testimony viewed by Reuters.
David Glawe, DHS’s undersecretary for intelligence and analysis, and the department’s deputy general counsel Hayley Chang told the Senate committee that oversees the department that it needs new authority.
“Terrorist groups overseas use drones to conduct attacks on the battlefield and continue to plot to use them in terrorist attacks elsewhere. This is a very serious, looming threat that we are currently unprepared to confront,” the officials’ testimony said. “Right now we can’t test mitigation methods, determine the full scope of the threat or develop counter measures because of outdated legal restrictions.”