DHS Countering Unmanned Aircraft Systems Coordinator Act (HR 6438, 115th Congress)

Policy Details

Policy Details

Originating Entity
Date of Last Action
Jul 19 2018
Congressional Session
115th Congress
Date Introduced
Jul 19 2018
Publication Date
Aug 28 2018
Date Made Public
Jul 19 2018

SciPol Summary

HR 6438 amends the Homeland Security Act of 2002 to direct the Department of Homeland Security to establish a coordinator for unmanned aircraft systems (UAS). Specific duties of the Coordinator will include:

  • Organize efforts within the Department of Homeland Security to develop plans and policies to counteract terrorist attacks involving UAS;
  • Promote research and distribution of UAS threat countermeasures;
  • Serve as the Department’s point of contact for all inquiries regarding countering UAS attacks; and
  • Carry out miscellaneous activities related to UAS, as needed by the Department.

Beyond these duties, the Department’s Coordinator for UAS would also be responsible for collaborating with various applicable offices throughout the government to investigate how the Department’s efforts to counter UAS are done so lawfully. The Coordinator will also work with the Department’s Office of Partnership and Engagement and other relevant offices to share critical counter UAS measures with private sector UAS operators and mitigate any impacts to lawfully operated UAS.


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