The Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee on Wednesday morning approved the Preventing Emerging Threats Act of 2018 (S. 2836), legislation that would extend UAS detection and interdiction authority to DHS and DOJ to protect critical assets and infrastructure.
In his opening statement, Chairman Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) said that he hopes to attach the UAS measure to a pending defense authorization bill that is currently being considered on the Senate floor.
The UAS bill, which was introduced in May by Chairman Johnson and Ranking Member Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.), closely resembles the administration's proposal on the subject that was released several months ago. While the measure does not give specific Title 18 exemptions to protect the airspace surrounding airports from unauthorized UAS, it does call for DHS to conduct several evaluations of emerging threats to airports and other critical state and private assets. The bill also includes a 5-year sunset provision.