WASHINGTON, D.C. — President Trump on Monday evening issued an executive order against the use of drone-type equipment manufactured by adversarial foreign nations, called them a threat to national and economic security.
Trump’ order stated that the move was necessary “to ensure the security of Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) owned, operated, and controlled by the Federal Government; to secure the integrity of American infrastructure, including America’s National Airspace System (NAS); to protect our law enforcement and warfighters; and to maintain and expand our domestic industrial base capabilities.”
Trump said he would no longer use taxpayer money to buy UAS that present an unacceptable risk from foreign adversaries.
“UAS have tremendous potential to support public safety and national security missions and are increasingly being used by Federal, State, and local governments. UAS are used, for example, to assist law enforcement and support natural disaster relief efforts. Reliance on UAS and components manufactured by our adversaries, however, threatens our national and economic security,” the president’s order said.
The use of UAS and critical components manufactured and developed by foreign adversaries, or by persons under their control, may allow this sensitive information to be accessed by or transferred to foreign adversaries, the executive order explained.
“Furthermore, the manufacturing of UAS involves combining several critical components, including advanced manufacturing techniques, artificial intelligence, microelectronic components, and multi-spectral sensors. The Nation’s capability to produce UAS and certain critical UAS components domestically is critical for national defense and the security and strength of our defense industrial base.”
All heads of departments have 60 days to report on UAS used in their agencies and to make replacement of foreign UAS a priority.
Read the Executive Order here.