CDA & Hogan Lovells Host Domestic Drone Security Series Event

Commercial Drone Alliance and Hogan Lovells Host Domestic Drone Security Series Event

Government officials, industry, states, and localities gathered to discuss pressing drone security issues; agreed that comprehensive remote identification solution is critical to solving drone integration policy puzzle

Washington, D.C. December 7, 2017 – The commercial and consumer drone markets are growing exponentially, making it difficult for policymakers to keep up. To facilitate an ongoing, open dialogue about the security issues facing the drone industry, the Commercial Drone Alliance and global law firm Hogan Lovells last week hosted another event in the Domestic Drone Security Series. 

The daylong event brought representatives of the executive and legislative branches, law enforcement, states, localities and industry together to discuss how technology can solve important issues around Unmanned Aircraft Systems integration into the National Airspace System. The program of panel discussions and high-level keynotes featured analysis and engagement among government officials, policy experts and industry leaders on the future of the safe adoption of drone technology.

Participating organizations included the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) and National Security Council (NSC), the National Aviation Intelligence Integration Office (NAI2O), DOD, DOJ, FBI, DHS, NASA, FAA, DOI, U.S. Congress, and more. Topics discussed included remote identification, cybersecurity, the UAS Integration Pilot Program, UAS threat mitigation, and views from states, localities, and Congress. Broad consensus emerged among participating stakeholders that a simple, sustainable and scalable remote identification solution is critical to the success of the commercial drone industry.  As policy moves forward, participants also discussed voluntary measures industry could act upon now to keep the skies safe and secure for commerce, hobbyists and the general public.

“The success of the Drone Security Series speaks to the intense interest of the community in addressing security issues in a way that expands operations for these innovative and game-changing machines, while working in close coordination with public and national security agencies,” said Lisa Ellman, Co-Executive Director, Commercial Drone Alliance and Partner at Hogan Lovells law firm. “The caliber of our Summit participants – leaders in the commercial drone industry, government and national security communities – allows us to tackle challenging policy issues and move the conversation forward in constructive and actionable ways.”  

“There’s broad consensus that it’s in society’s best interest for commercial drones to take off and thrive, so that the safety and economic benefits of this technology can be realized, and also so the U.S. can maintain its technological leadership,” said Gretchen West, Co-Executive Director, Commercial Drone Alliance, and Senior Advisor at Hogan Lovells. “The Domestic Drone Security Series connects stakeholders from across the spectrum to have an open, honest dialogue about what’s needed to get commercial drones integrated into the National Airspace System, and move these proposals forward.”     

The Commercial Drone Alliance and Hogan Lovells look forward to the next installment of the Domestic Drone Security Series and continuing the dialogue on the future of drone technology and its safe mainstream adoption across sectors and industries. 



About the Commercial Drone Alliance

Founded in 2016, the Commercial Drone Alliance is an independent 501c6 non-profit led by the commercial drone industry co-located in Silicon Valley, CA and Washington, DC. The overarching vision of the Alliance is to support commercial enterprise end users and assist them with adopting drone technology into their businesses, reducing barriers to entry, addressing public education, and merging policy with innovation to create relevant rules for operation.