Drones, also known as uncrewed aerial vehicles, come in various sizes, ranging from as small as one inch to wingspans exceeding 130 feet. Drone swarm technologies enable the coordination of at least three drones, up to potentially thousands, to collaboratively carry out missions with minimal human intervention.

For instance, an aerial drone swarm has the potential to aid in wildfire control by assessing damage, identifying access points, and suppressing the fire with firefighting substances—all requiring limited human guidance. Drone swarms offer increased efficiency and resilience for specific tasks compared to single drones because they can concurrently execute various missions without constant human oversight. Furthermore, they can continue their operations even if individual drones encounter issues and become non-operational.

Challenges identified by the Government Accountability Office (GAO) include:

  • Safety and security
  • Privacy and cybersecurity
  • Technical advancements

Please read the full GAO report attached below.

Publication Date- September 2023

Other GAO Reports found in the C-UAS Hub Multimedia Library:

GAO Report: GAO Report- DHS Priority Recommendations

GAO Report- Department of Defense Directed Energy Weapons

GAO Report- Counter-Drone Technologies

GAO Report- Directed Energy Weapons

GAO Report- Department of Defense Electromagnetic Spectrum Ops

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