"The increase of commercial and private drones in the USA has raised our concerns with regards to safety and security of our installations", Davis said.
Flying drones in airports, military bases, and sports stadiums is already illegal, but having the right to physically disable drones by force is something new.
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Air Force spokeswoman Erika Yepsen told Inside Defense this week the service is pleased with the progress made in partnership with the FAA but did not elaborate on what policy and acquisition work still needs to be done. Davis told reporters that U.S. military bases "retain the right of self-defence when it comes to UAVS or drones operating over [them]". The drones could also be seized or impounded. Those farmers sometimes find it easier to launch a drone to check on their cows or agriculture than to cover the miles by foot or truck.
It was not immediately clear whether the new policy has changed access to the airspace above the silos or at other bases. All drone activities within the United States must follow Federal Aviation Administration rules and guidelines. The new shoot-down guidelines build on FAA restrictions put in place in April that restricted drone use over 133 military bases. Davis said the military will determine how to handle each situation on a case-by-case basis depending on each circumstance and the type of installation where unmanned aircraft are loitering.
Previously, penalties for unauthorized drone use in no-fly zones has only included fines and / or jail time, though enforcement of these penalties is hard due to inconsistent violation language and, according to a report by Motherboard, disorganization within the FAA that has lead to a "fragmented" database for drone infractions.