In August 2020, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), Department of Justice (DOJ), Department of Homeland Security (DHS), and the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) issued an advisory titled, “Advisory on the Application of Federal Laws to the Acquisition and Use of Technology to Detect and Mitigate Unmanned Aircraft Systems.”

The advisory is targeted toward entities that do not have existing statutory relief from provisions of Title 18 and Title 49, such as those granted to DHS, DOJ, the Department of Defense (DoD), and the Department of Energy (DoE). The advisory provides guidance to assist public and private entities who have a need and interest in using technical tools to detect and mitigate drones.

Publication Date- August 2020

The advisory contains the following main sections:

Federal Criminal Laws

  • Detection Capabilities
  • Mitigation Capabilities

Additional Federal Laws Relating to Aviation and Spectrum

  • Laws Relating to Aviation Safety and Efficiency
  • Laws Relating to Transportation/Airport Security
  • Laws Relating to the Radiofrequency Spectrum
  • Guidance disclaimer

There are no noted distribution statements or limitations of this information.

Authors- DOJ, DHS, FAA and FCC

Related Content:

Title 6 U.S. Code Section 124n- Departments of Justice and Homeland Security

Title 10 U.S. Code Section 130i- Department of Defense

Title 50 U.S. Code Section 2661- Department of Energy