The proliferation of commercial off-the-shelf unmanned aircraft technology has resulted in a growing number of illicit or hazardous UAS activities, highlighting the growing need for effective counter-UAS mitigations. The purpose of this exploratory research is to develop a better understanding of the existing tactics, techniques, procedures involved in counter-UAS operations. Using a critical paradigm approach, the authors conducted a qualitative, unstructured interview with counter-UAS professionals. The authors sought to identify mission planning considerations, counter-UAS engagement tasks, and unanticipated conditions associated with performing a commercial [non-military] counter-UAS mission. The authors codified 11 key mission planning tasks and a 22-step engagement process by which one organization effected counter-UAS operations at a contracted, international event. The authors conclude that the study’s findings underscore existing vulnerabilities to UAS threats and the accompanying need for additional research in this field of UAS security.
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Wallace, R. J., Loffi, J. M., Quiroga, M., & Quiroga, C. (2018). Exploring Commercial Counter-UAS Operations: A Case Study of the 2017 Dominican Republic Festival Presidente. International Journal of Aviation, Aeronautics, and Aerospace, 5(2). https://doi.org/10.15394/ijaaa.2018.1224