Coalition S Amdt 1932 UAS Threats Legislation Senate


May 03, 2024


To the Members of the United States Senate:

The undersigned organizations strongly urge the Senate to include S. 1631 (S. Amdt. 1932), the “Safeguarding the Homeland from the Threats Posed by Unmanned Aircraft Systems Act” to the “FAA Reauthorization Act of 2024.”

Drones provide substantial economic, social, and national security benefits to the United States. While the overwhelming majority of drone operations are safe and pose minimal risks, the misuse of drones may harm public safety and the economy. These risks could be multiple including national security and terrorism threats, disrupting commercial activity, industrial espionage, criminal activity, and endangering air travel. These risks are more acute with critical infrastructure facilities and operations, mass gatherings such as sporting and entertainment events and sites, and America’s airspace system.

Current law limits the use of counter-drone technologies to four federal agencies for a select set of government missions. While these existing authorities are important, a more comprehensive approach is necessary to effectively defend sensitive public and private sector operations, events, and facilities. S. Amdt. 1932 addresses that gap through responsibly providing counter-drone detection and mitigation authorities to other key federal government agencies and functions, advanced detection authorities to private sector entities, and a pilot program for state and local law enforcement. Without expanded authorities, sensitive facilities, operations, and events are at significant risk from malicious and unauthorized drone operations.

Finally, we believe that S. Amdt. 1932 strikes an appropriate balance of equities by promoting safety and security, with appropriate protections for civil rights and liberties, while allowing federal oversight of the national airspace, and allowing for appropriate drone use.

Accordingly, we urge you to include S. Amdt. 1932 to the FAA Reauthorization.


Airlines for America

Airports Council International – North America

Alliance for Chemical Distribution (ACD)

American Association of Airport Executives

American Chemistry Council

American Correctional Association

American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers

American Petroleum Institute

American Public Power Association

Association for Uncrewed Vehicle Systems International

Commercial Drone Alliance

DRONERESPONDERS Public Safety Alliance

Edison Electric Institute

IAAPA, The Global Association for the Attractions Industry

Interstate Natural Gas Association of America

Major Cities Chiefs Association

Major County Sheriffs of America

Major League Baseball

National Football League

National Fusion Center Association

National Rural Electric Cooperative Association

Nuclear Energy Institute

Security Industry Association

U.S. Chamber of Commerce

Coalition S Amdt 1932 UAS Threats Legislation Senate