The New Worry: Military Frets About Taking Down Enemy Drones
Until recently, most of our attention on drone wars has been about the debate
over us going after bad guys with armed flying-robots. Indeed, America’s drone wars are bigger than ever. The U.S. just announced it will start conducting armed-drone flights against terrorists in Syria
from the American airbase in Turkey.
Now, however, the news is all about drones diving on us.
Just a few days ago a commercial plane heading into JFK reported almost colliding with a drone lingering near the airfield
. That’s not close to being the first story of an accidental meeting between a plane and a drone. In California, two firefighting planes had to divert
because someone was sightseeing over the scene with their hobby drone.
If those stories don’t peak your worry meter, last week Homeland Security issued an intelligence assessment that commercially available recreational drones “could be used by adversaries
” as weapons.
Even the armed forces are worried. The U.S. military is in the middle of holding its annual live-fire drill where it practices shooting down enemy drones
Meanwhile, privacy concerns
also dominate the debate about domestic drones.
Get used to these stories. Drones are the new normal
—soon everybody will be flying them everywhere.
And don’t panic.
We figured out managing manned aircraft. With common sense
America ought to be able to figure out how to keep American skies friendly with drones darting about the clouds as well.
- James Jay Carafano is vice president of defense and foreign policy studies at The Heritage Foundation. He is the author of Wiki at War: Conflict in a Socially Networked World.
Originally appeared in PJ Media