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6 - 8 December 2016 | Millennium and Copthorne Hotels, London, United Kingdom

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Countering Drones Attendee List 2016

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Are we prepared for the threat of drones? [INFOGRAPHIC]

"Of those industries that are seen as particularly at-risk of unlawful drone use, 83% claim they require counter-drone solutions and are yet to fulfill this requirement..."


Estimated at around $127 billion, the 'drone revolution' is booming. But amongst the optimism is a creeping concern about the security and safety threat that this technology presents to critical national infrastructure, homeland security and a range of commercial sectors.

Defence IQ surveyed over 430 people with an interest in unmanned aerial vehicle/counter-drone technology developments. We asked them whether they believed the threat is really as serious as many suspect and if the commercial sector is ready for major security incidents resulting from drone-use. Download the infographic for the full results...

Sandia Report on the Counter UAV Market

The purpose of this document is to briefly frame the challenges of detecting low, slow, and small (LSS) unmanned aerial systems (UAS).

US grappling with counter-UAS technology challenges

As Defence IQ has recently reported, the rising number of criminal and negligent incidents involving civilian unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) is pushing harder on the need for a greater awareness of the potential dangers to the public. However, in many cases, awareness is just not enough. The progress of UAS technology requires a tandem attention to the progress of counter-technology – effective and safe methods of neutralising these vehicles when they become a threat, particularly to vulnerable civil sites.

Much of this process is being made in the United States, where the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has, as of August 29, released a rule to allow for the use of small UAS within national airspace. To get a better perspective on how this technology is moving forward, we caught up with Andrew Lacher, UAS Integration Lead and Research Strategist at technology R&D centre the MITRE Corporation, ahead of his brief at the Countering Drones conference...

NATO Alliance Ground Surveillance (AGS) hurdles higher than they appear

The NATO Alliance Ground Surveillance (AGS) programme remains of critical importance to the alliance and to the future shape of unmanned aviation in Europe. But the problems facing both the platform and the general sector aren’t quite as close to being solved as appearance suggests judging by reports from the rollout event for the first AGS airframe.

No Drone Zone: When ignorance becomes a threat to security

While this year’s Countering Drones forum will be providing a dedicated focus on the technologies and legal implications surrounding drone countermeasures for at-risk sites, it will also be offering scope on the efforts to raise public awareness on drone regulations so as to lessen the risk of negligent incidents. After all, massive financial and physical disruption can occur even when an operator is not actively trying to cause chaos, as some of these latest cases can attest.

In this exclusive article, Nathan Wall, Airside Safety Lead at Cork Airport and one of this year's speakers, explains how the NO DRONE ZONE campaign has launched and why it is so vital in preventing incidents around our airdromes...

Drone Regulations Worldwide: Map

The civilian use of drones presents homeland security, critical national infrastructure and commercial industries with a myriad of safety and privacy challenges. However, while 2016 represents a landmark year for the introduction of many new regulatory frameworks across many countries, a huge number remain unclear or untested.

View this interactive map for the latest legal information from some of the world's key regions, as well as information on some of the latest drone incidents taking place in the civilian space. 

[Disclaimer: This information is provided for guidance and comparison only. Information is subject to change. Defence IQ accepts no responsibility for the use of this information.]

Reports

RAND Report on Drones

Drones—or as they are also known, armed unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs)—are in the headlines and provoking debates, especially for their use in U.S. targeted killings. They are spreading across the globe and others are beginning to use them. How dangerous is the proliferation of armed UAVs and what effect will they have on U.S. security?

Articles

Explaining the alternatives for UAV navigation

ArticlesUAVs use a number of navigation systems to fly a path to an assigned area. The generated coordinates are also used to geo-locate the UAV position and its imagery, making it a very important part of the Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS).

Are Unmanned Aircraft Systems needed for logistics operations?

Would the military really benefit from the procurement of an unmanned aircraft system specifically designed for delivering supplies to troops in remote and dangerous locations? More than a decade of continuous combat on noncontiguous battlefields has revealed shortcomings and inefficiencies in the U.S. military’s set of vehicles, organizations, and doctrine.

Will UAVs be game changers in future peacekeeping?

With the conflict in The Democratic Republic of the Congo nearing 10 years of almost non-stop fighting, and with political relations between the government and rebel groups - and more recently Rwanda - at a stalemate, focus has shifted to the UN peacekeeping force, MONUSCO, in a search for solutions to the ever-worsening humanitarian situation.

UAVs: The future of irregular warfare

What role is the Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) currently playing in providing intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) to ground troops in irregular warfare environments? How will this function evolve over time? That was the central theme I posed to Dr. Earl William Powers, a Research Fellow at the United States Marine Corps Warfighting Laboratory, in an interview with Defence IQ.