Countering Unmanned Threats: Homeland Security’s New Capabilities

Countering Unmanned Threats: Homeland Security’s New Capabilities

Puma, Photo illust. US Army By Wikimedia
U.S. Army Chief Warrant Officer 2 Dylan Ferguson, a brigade aviation element officer with the 82nd Airborne Division's 1st Brigade Combat Team, launches a Puma unmanned aerial vehicle June 25, 2012, Ghazni Province, Afghanistan. Ferguson uses the Puma for reconnaissance for troops on the ground.

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Under a new agreement worth hundreds of millions of dollars, the U.S Department of Homeland Security will test a variety of advanced prototypes to combat the threat of unmanned systems.

Under the agreement signed with the engineering company Amentum, worth about $ 260 million, prototypes will be developed and produced that will monitor unmanned vehicles from the air, on land, at sea, in space, and even in cyberspace. In addition to developing unmanned systems, the company also monitors and evaluates new technologies and processes against existing threats, allowing for a rapid response time in compliance with government guidelines.

Research, development, testing, and evaluation of various services will be carried out by the company and will contribute to the development of advanced capabilities, as well as assist in the integration of counter-unmanned systems in the field of border security and critical infrastructure security.

In collaboration with other departments, the Homeland Security Department aims to develop an integrated approach to dealing with unmanned systems in multiple arenas, as quoted from