Unmanned Aviation Vehicles And The Department Of Homeland Security

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Unmanned Aviation Vehicles in the Department of Homeland Security The Use of UAVs or Drones in DHS Unmanned Aviation Vehicles (UAV) or drones are formidable tools and in the wrong hands dangerous. They look like model airplanes that a child could fly around a park but it is a leading-edge, highly technical, UAV or as most commonly called, drones. Drones are the next defense against extremist, Mafia and gangs, but will their use in DHS affect our privacy and safety? Is it worth the risk? As human beings, we have always sought new knowledge and flying is the most desired knowledge we sought. In the United States, our history in the field of aviation originated with the Wright brothers in the early 1900s. The cumulation of the last one…show more content…
Military and the C.I.A. have been actively using the Predator drones to detect and investigate areas of interest. Since 1995, Predator drones could stay airborne for numerous hours, they are able to surveille and capture images and then transmit the images back to the controller running the remote mission. For the time being that was enough to keep ahead of these foreign radicals. “The MQ-1B Predator is an armed, multi-mission, medium-altitude, long-endurance remotely piloted aircraft that is employed primarily as an intelligence-collection asset and secondarily against dynamic execution targets. Given its significant loiter time, wide-range sensors, multi-mode communications suite, and precision weapons, it provides a unique capability to perform strike, coordination and reconnaissance (SCAR) against high-value, fleeting, and time-sensitive targets.”(Command) But on September 11, 2001, the need for the drone’s mission changed. 9/11 became the catalyst to modify UAVs to hunt and kill, on this day, an Islamic extremist group, al-Qaeda, led by Osama bin Laden targeted and destroyed the Twin Towers in New York City and attacked the White House, killing over 3,000 people. The Predator’s change in mission on October 2001, from reconnaissance and surveillance to search and eliminate,
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