On Jan. 18, President Trump signed an executive order that requests all U.S. agencies outline security risks posed by the existing government drone fleet and refrain from purchasing new ones from foreign companies.
The executive order states the aim is to “ensure the security of Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) owned, operated, and controlled by the Federal Government; to secure the integrity of American infrastructure, including America’s National Airspace System (NAS); to protect our law enforcement and warfighters; and to maintain and expand our domestic industrial base capabilities.”
The executive order focuses on UAS and components created by foreign manufacturers that may pose the potential to threaten national and economic security due to the fact they require accessing, collecting, and maintaining data, which could reveal sensitive information.
The order also aims to restrict the use of UAS on or over critical infrastructure or other sensitive sites.
The full text of the order can be found here.