After Initial Ban, Pentagon Approves 5 Small Commercial Drones for Troops

As shown at, U.S. Marine Lance Cpl. James R. Fiers, Jr., a rifleman with Battalion Landing Team, 2nd Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment, 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), releases a drone during a live-fire platoon attack on Camp Lejeune, N.C., Jan. 17, 2018. (Tojyea G. Matally/U.S. Marine Corps).

Thanks to CDR David Place (USN/Ret), davidplace47[at]gmail[dot]com, and Robin E. Alexander, President ATC, alexander technical[at]gmail[dot]com, for their assistance with this report, the background for which appeared in their # 20 - 18 - 7 SEPTEMBER 2020 edition of the UNMANNED SYSTEMS NEWS (USN).

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