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DHS Enters CRADA With University of North Dakota for UAV Tech Development


Recently, the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) announced that it was entering into a three-year Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA) with the University of North Dakota (UND) to examine the many advantages and possible disadvantages of using unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) technology.

The research and development conducted by DHS and UND will delve into the homeland security implications of commercial drone operations, including the potentially beneficial uses and the security challenges they pose.

“This mission critical research will facilitate a better understanding of both capabilities and vulnerabilities of unmanned aerial technology, as well as spur the development of countermeasures to potential threats based upon their use,” said Dr. Reginald Brothers, DHS Under Secretary for Science and Technology. “It is this kind of collaborative research that ultimately informs our law enforcement and policymakers.”

UND regularly conducts research in the areas of energy, environmental protection, engineering and aerospace. DHS’s partnership with UND will allow for the development of new training methods and best practices in unmanned aerial systems. Their research will shape current UAV policies and regulations that state and local governments have established. 

To read the original press release about the DHS and UND CRADA, click here.

For more information about the DHS Science and Technology Directorate, visit www.dhs.gov/science-and-technology.

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