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On FAA Announcement of Domestic Drones Test Sites

An unarmed U.S. "Shadow" drone is pictured in flight in this undated photograph, released on January 5, 2011. (Reuters)

This week the FAA announced the selection process for domestic drone test sites. This is a key step in the opening up of the national airspace to unmanned systems, which has huge implications, from potentially determining which states might become the robotics versions of Silicon Valley to opening up huge privacy and legal concerns.

I gave a speech on these opportunities and challenges of the coming domestic drone boom, which might be of interest given this news.

  • Peter W. Singer was the director of the Center for 21st Century Security and Intelligence and a senior fellow in Foreign Policy at Brookings. Singer’s research focused on three core issues: the future of war, current U.S. defense needs and future priorities, and the future of the U.S. defense system.