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Executive Order Directs Agencies to Assess Security Risks Posed by Drones From Foreign Adversaries

President Donald Trump has signed an executive order that would require government agencies to review security risks associated with unmanned aircraft systems from foreign adversaries and remove from the federal fleet such drones.

The order directs all federal agencies to submit a report to the Director of National Intelligence and head of the Office of Science and Technology Policy describing whether their UAS are manufactured by Russia, China, Iran or North Korea or contain components developed by such countries, the White House said Monday.

The DNI will review within 180 days the reports and deliver a document to the president providing an assessment of the security risks related to such drones and “potential steps that could be taken to mitigate these risks, including, if warranted, discontinuing all Federal use of covered UAS and the expeditious removal of UAS from Federal service.”

The EO also also requires the director of the Office of Management and Budget to work with agencies to identify potential funding sources to replace covered drones for inclusion in future submissions of the president’s budget proposals.

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