The U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) has clarified their place on Chinese made drones. In a DOD assertion on DJI drones, the company said that “programs produced by Da Jiang Innovations (DJI) pose potential threats to nationwide safety.” (Read the full statement here.)
The assertion seems to be in response to a recent Pentagon audit, launched to the general public, which reviewed DJI’s Government Edition drones. That audit said “The DJI Government Edition variations that had been examined, present no malicious code or intent and are really useful to be used by authorities entities and forces working with US providers.”
This audit prompted some confusion about whether or not or not DJI drones had been permitted for presidency buy with out an exemption to the rule. It would seem the DOD division that carried out the audit didn’t get the proverbial “No DJI” memo – however they’ve gotten it now.
“A current report indicated that sure fashions of DJI programs had been discovered to be permitted for procurement and operations for US authorities departments and companies,” says the DOD assertion on DJI. ” This report was inaccurate and uncoordinated, and its unauthorized launch is presently beneath evaluation by the division.”
The ban on Chinese-made drone technology has been a protracted operating story – however for the reason that first memo appeared questioning the safety of Chinese drone platforms, Congress has handed laws formalizing the ban. From the DOD Statement:
In 2018, DOD issued a ban on the acquisition and use of all business off-the-shelf drones, no matter producer, because of cybersecurity issues. The following yr, Congress handed laws particularly banning the acquisition and use of drones and parts manufactured in China. DOD complies with Section 848 of the FY20 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) and extra steering offered by Executive Order 13981.
The textual content of the NDAA can be found here. Departments can apply for an exception to the rule beneath sure circumstances, and a few companies might be able to make the most of business off the shelf platforms. However, because the DOD assertion makes clear, exceptions will likely be made on a case by case foundation.
“Mitigating the threats posed by small UAS, together with DJI programs, stays a precedence throughout the Department, and DOD continues to make sure current coverage stays present and appropriately carried out,” says the DOD assertion.