Pentagon issues classified rules for destroying drones over domestic United States military bases

The US military can now shoot down consumer drones it considers a threat

Drone enthusiasts take heed: If you don't want to see your precious drone blasted into a million pieces, keep clear of U.S. military installations.

"We support civilian law enforcement investigations in the prosecution of unauthorized UAS operations over military installations, and though we do not discuss specific force-protection measures, we of course retain the right of self-defense", Davis said in the release. The full contents of the policy remain classified. The Pentagon sent out unclassified guidance on how to communicate the policy to communities on Friday. Davis told reporters that United States military bases "retain the right of self-defence when it comes to UAVS or drones operating over [them]".

He added the guidance allows department personnel to stop unauthorized drone flight over and near military installations by tracking, disabling or destroying UAS platforms.

The US Army can now shoot down drones, both private and commercial, that it deems a threat. But the land is only leased from commercial and private farmers who use the rest of the area for crops or livestock.

It was not immediately clear whether the new policy has changed access to the airspace above the silos or at other bases. The Federal Aviation Administration, which worked on the ruling, estimates consumers and businesses will buy and fly at least 7 million drones by 2020. The new shoot-down guidelines build on FAA restrictions put in place in April that restricted drone use over 133 military bases. How a base responds to a drone "will depend upon the specific circumstances". Additionally, terror groups like ISIS have been able to weaponize commercially available drones, increasingly using them in combat in Iraq and Syria.

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