Game of Drones: Defending Against Drone Terrorism

Texas A&M University Law Review, vol. 2, 635-673

41 Pages Posted: 3 Apr 2017

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Tung Yin

Lewis & Clark Law School

Date Written: September 31, 2015


This Article, part of a Symposium on "New Technology and Old Law," considers the threat posed by drone terrorism and the technological and legal issues involved in setting up defensive responses. First, the Article provides an overview of current drone technology, legal views on weaponized military drones, and a discussion of the potential appeal of drones as vehicles for terrorism. Next, it discusses the current laws and regulations pertaining to private drones. The Article then lays out the three challenges to defending against drone terrorism: detecting potentially hostile drones, identifying them, and destroying or neutralizing them. Finally, it closes with some proposals to begin to develop the legal and technological architecture to defend against drone terrorism.

Keywords: terrorism, drones, unmanned aerial systems, unmanned aerial vehicles, posse commitatus act

JEL Classification: K19, K42

Suggested Citation

Yin, Tung, Game of Drones: Defending Against Drone Terrorism (September 31, 2015). Texas A&M University Law Review, vol. 2, 635-673, Available at SSRN:

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Lewis & Clark Law School ( email )

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