Legislation proposed to restrict drone purchases from countries classified as national security threats

Senators Mark R. Warner (D-VA) and Rick Scott (R-FL) introduced the American Security Drone Act of 2023, legislation aimed at prohibiting the purchase of drones from considered national security threats, especially China.

Specifically, The American Security Drone Act:

  • Prohibits federal departments and agencies from procuring certain foreign commercial off-the-shelf drone or covered unmanned aircraft system manufactured or assembled in countries identified as national security threats, and provides a timeline to end current use of these drones.
  • Prohibits the use of federal funds awarded through certain contracts, grants, or cooperative agreements to state or local governments from being used to purchase foreign commercial off-the-shelf drones or covered unmanned aircraft systems manufactured or assembled in a country identified as a national security threat.
  • Requires the Comptroller General of the to submit a report to Congress detailing the amount of foreign commercial off-the-shelf drones and covered unmanned aircraft systems procured by federal departments and agencies from countries identified as national security threats.

Senator Warner believes that while the U.S. should continue to invest in the domestic production of drones, the purchase of drones from foreign countries, especially those considered national security threats, is dangerous.

Senator Scott reiterated that drones are a threat to national security and that the U.S. should not use taxpayer dollars to purchase anything made in Communist .

The legislation prohibits federal departments and agencies from procuring certain foreign commercial off-the-shelf drones or covered unmanned aircraft systems manufactured or assembled in countries identified as national security threats.

It also prohibits the use of federal funds awarded through contracts, grants, or cooperative agreements to purchase such drones.

The Comptroller General of the United States must also submit a report to Congress detailing the number of foreign drones and unmanned aircraft systems procured by federal departments and agencies from countries identified as national security threats.

The legislation is co-sponsored by several senators, including Marco Rubio (R-FL), Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), and Josh Hawley (R-MO). Senator Warner introduced the Increasing Competitiveness for American Drones Act earlier this month, which seeks to enable drones to be used for commercial transport of goods across the country.


Discover more from DroneXL

Subscribe to get the latest posts to your email.

MAKE YOUR VOICE HEARD

Proposed legislation threatens your ability to use drones for fun, work, and safety. The Drone Advocacy Alliance is fighting to ensure your voice is heard in these critical policy discussions.Join us and tell your elected officials to protect your right to fly.

Drone Advocacy Alliance
TAKE ACTION NOW
Follow us on Google News!

Get your Part 107 Certificate

Pass the test and take to the skies with the Pilot Institute. We have helped thousands of people become airplane and commercial drone pilots. Our courses are designed by industry experts to help you pass FAA tests and achieve your dreams.

pilot institute dronexl

Copyright © DroneXL.co 2024. All rights reserved. The content, images, and intellectual property on this website are protected by copyright law. Reproduction or distribution of any material without prior written permission from DroneXL.co is strictly prohibited. For permissions and inquiries, please contact us first.

FTC: DroneXL.co is an Amazon Associate and uses affiliate links that can generate income from qualifying purchases. We do not sell, share, rent out, or spam your email.

Haye Kesteloo
Haye Kesteloo

Haye Kesteloo is the Editor in Chief and Founder of DroneXL.co, where he covers all drone-related news, DJI rumors and writes drone reviews, and EVXL.co, for all news related to electric vehicles. He is also a co-host of the PiXL Drone Show on YouTube and other podcast platforms. Haye can be reached at haye @ dronexl.co or @hayekesteloo.

Articles: 3632

Leave a Reply

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

en_USEnglish