Domestic use of drones, whether it be by governmental agencies or civilians, will become an increasingly important part of the drone industry’s future. That’s especially true in light of Monday’s revelation that, for the first time, the Pentagon is considering scaling back the buildup of drones it has overseen in recent years.
The move is to save money and to adapt to changing security threats, The Associated Press reported.
Meanwhile, the Federal Aviation Administration is gearing up to allow commercial and personal drone use beginning in 2015, setting the stage for a shift from drones being solely the domain of the military and police departments to playing roles in agriculture, journalism and other walks of life.
This week’s Association of Unmanned Vehicle Systems International conference, which runs from Tuesday through Thursday, will feature speeches from members of Congress, high-ranking military officers and leaders at the Federal Aviation Administration.
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Ben Wolfgang is a national reporter for The Washington Times. Before coming to the Times, he spent four years as a political reporter in Pennsylvania. His focus is on education and science policy. Ben lives in southeast D.C. and has played guitar in several bands while still in Pennsylvania. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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