American Security Drone Act of 2021
The American Security Drone Act of 2021, formerly introduced as the American Security Drone Act of 2019, was given new life in January 2021 with bipartisan support and now incorporates drone detection and mitigation systems, not just drones. It would ban federal entities from purchasing drones and detection/mitigation systems developed by “covered foreign entities” which includes entities who pose a national security risk or are influenced by or located in the People’s Republic of China (PRC).
The bill stems from the U.S. government’s long-standing concerns about the popular Chinese-made DJI drone collecting information that could be exploited by the Beijing government. As a result, several government agencies have grounded their DJI fleets.
Get to The Bottom of System Legality and Security
The federal advisory cautions against relying solely on vendors’ representations of their systems’ legality or functionality. Here are five questions you can ask RF-based technology vendors to determine if they are in compliance with the federal advisory or could be banned by the American Security Drone Act of 2021 for security and cybersecurity reasons.