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Pentagon to open school focused on stopping drone threats

Pentagon to open school focused on stopping drone threats
© Greg Nash

The Pentagon is working on opening a new school aimed at training personnel to stop drone threats, according to a report by Defense News

Lt. Col. David Morgan with the Joint Counter-Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Office’s requirements and capabilities division said during an Oct. 30 open house reported on by Defense News that as of now, there is no such training program.

“Every service is executing service-specific training. The average soldier, airman or Marine lacks adequate counter-UAS training. It’s not fully embedded in the [program of instruction] from basic training onward,” Morgan said.

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The training program is part of the Pentagon's goal of developing new systems to counter evolving drone threats.

Planning is underway to establish a counter-small UAS academy at Fort Sill, Okla., using instruction previously developed at Yuma Proving Ground, Ariz., and establish a new joint counter-small UAS program of education, Defense News added.

Morgan said the academy would reach full operation capacity by fiscal 2025, with early operation capabilities in fiscal 2024.