Safeguarding National Security is on everyone’s mind, and we are here to help close the gaps for those still unwittingly giving away the intelligence store. The leakage debate is not unlike the discussion with people feigning ignorance of drone regulation to make money years ago. This conversation ran past the point of plausibility, and now we see this debate/conversation overlaid on data collection. The guy from DJI (registered agent of a foreign PRC entity) said they hired an independent security firm that found no issues.

LOL! Some folks don’t understand how technology works or just want to believe. Given the history of the FAA airspace integration effort, we know there is no shortage of true believers regarding drones. The “experts” were talking about BVLOS happening in 2016 with Part 107.

We all know that the Jack Reacher or the Vesper Lynd of drones already exercise caution when using equipment developed with funding by a Class A adversary sovereign fund. As Dave Chappelle said, there are no free trips to Hawaii!

The rest of the Best Buy shoppers may not be up on security issues or how intelligence is collected, which is why we are publishing this FOIA-requested material.


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By Patrick Egan

Editor in Field, sUAS News Americas Desk | Patrick Egan is the editor of the Americas Desk at sUAS News and host and Executive Producer of the sUAS News Podcast Series, Drone TV and the Small Unmanned Systems Business Exposition. Experience in the field includes assignments with the U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command Battle Lab investigating solutions on future warfare research projects. Instructor for LTA (Lighter Than Air) ISR systems deployment teams for an OSD, U.S. Special Operations Command, Special Surveillance Project. Built and operated commercial RPA prior to 2007 FAA policy clarification. On the airspace integration side, he serves as director of special programs for the RCAPA (Remote Control Aerial Photography Association).