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Drones: Friend or Foe?

Written by Dr. Maria Velez de Berliner
24 February 2014

By Dr. Maria Velez de Berliner 
President, Latin Intelligence Corporation 
Professor, Intelligence and Strategic Analysis 
The George Washington University, College of Professional Studies

Summary of Webinar given at George Washington University, College of Professional Studies, on 24 February 2014

Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (Drones) are here to stay.  They have changed how conventional and asymmetrical wars are fought and how law enforcement tracks criminals and patrols high-interest areas.  Come 2017 or sooner, they will change how commerce delivers products, how we have fun building our own drones, utilizing off-the-shelf products, and, possibly flying them above 400 feet, today’s maximum allowable airspace under which personal drones can fly.   Industrial drone use is not permitted today, although some have tried.  To their consternation, the FAA grounded their drones upon viewing them on FaceBook.

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