News in Brief: May 2020

Issue 5 and Volume 173.

Fire Industry News
Federal government seeks to curb use of foreign-made drones The federal government has initiated steps to stop the purchase of drones made in foreign countries for security reasons. The March 13, 2020, “GCN Insider” e-newsletter relates that in October 2019, the Interior Department grounded drones from China or drones with parts made in China. It has also been reported that an executive order was initiated that would ban federal departments and agencies from buying or using foreign-made drones because of national security concerns.2 Further, the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives have passed the bipartisan S.2502-American Security Drone Act of 2019, which would “ban the Federal procurement of certain drones and other unmanned aircraft systems, and for other purposes.”3 References 1. “Public-safety drone use soars as White House mulls ban for federal agencies,” Stephanie Kanowitz, Mar 13, 2020; 2. 3. The full text is at Actions…

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