Countering Threats from Small Drones – New Report March 6

The worldwide availability of inexpensive and significantly advanced small unmanned aircraft systems – commonly known as drones – has enabled adversaries to threaten deployed U.S. forces, especially infantry units.

The U.S. Army asked the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine to examine the state of the art in drones and how technology can be expected to develop, look at the current capabilities of military units to counter them, and identify technologies appropriate for short- and long-term science and technology investments.  The committee that conducted the study developed a classified report that details its findings and recommendations, along with an unclassified public version that discusses key background issues.

Advance copies of the unclassified public report, Counter-Unmanned Aircraft System (CUAS) Capability for Battalion-and-Below Operations, will be available to reporters only beginning at noon EST on Monday, March 5.  The report is embargoed and not for public release before 11 a.m. EST on Tuesday, March 6.  To obtain an embargoed copy of the report, reporters should contact the National Academies’ Office of News and Public Information; tel. 202-334-2138 or email