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Secrecy News - 01/25/12

From: Steven Aftergood <saftergood.nul>
Date: Wed, 25 Jan 2012 08:45:10 -0800
Archived: Thu, 26 Jan 2012 08:15:39 -0500
Subject: Secrecy News - 01/25/12

from the FAS Project on Government Secrecy
Volume 2012, Issue No. 6
January 25, 2012

Secrecy News Blog:



Domestic Use Of Drones Is Well Underway

The use of unmanned aerial systems (UAS) within the United
States is certain to increase in the years to come, as a new
Army policy has recently made clear. ("Army Foresees Expanded
Use of Drones in U.S. Airspace," Secrecy News, January 19.) But
in fact the use of unmanned aircraft or drones within U.S.
airspace has already advanced to a degree that is not widely

As of 2010, the Federal Aviation Administration had already
issued hundreds of "certificates of authorization" (COAs) for
the domestic use of drones.

"Right now, today as we sit here, we have 251 certificates of
authorization for unmanned aircraft, 140 of them are DOD
related," said Hank Krakowski of the FAA at an informative
Senate hearing in September 2010. "We have not rejected or
denied any DOD COAs in 2010, and we keep moving forward."

On the other hand, Mr. Krakowski cautioned, "While UASs offer a
promising new technology, the limited safety and operational
data available to date does not yet support expedited or full
integration into the NAS [National Airspace System]. Because
current available data is insufficient to allow unfettered
integration of UASs into the NAS - where the public travels
every day - the FAA must continue to move forward deliberately
and cautiously, in accordance with our safety mandate."

"Unmanned aircraft systems [were] originally and primarily
designed for military purposes," he noted. "Although the
technology incorporated into UASs has advanced, their safety
record warrants caution. As we attempt to integrate these
aircraft into the NAS, we will continue to look at any risks
that UASs pose to the traveling public as well as the risk to
persons or property on the ground."

See "The Integration of Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UASs) Into
the National Airspace System (NAS): Fulfilling Imminent
Operational and Training Requirements," Senate Committee on
Commerce, Science and Technology, September 13, 2010 (published
September 2011):


In the 2012 National Defense Authorization Act, Congress
included language requiring a report on "the integration of
unmanned aerial systems into the national airspace system."

The legality of the use of drones in CIA targeted killing
programs is among the topics that is explored in the brand new
issue of the Journal of National Security Law and Policy on the
subject of covert war. It can be read online here:


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