The Department of Homeland Security has signed a three-year cooperative research and development agreement with the University of North Dakota to study the potential advantages and risks of using unmanned aerial technology.
DHS’ science and technology directorate and the university aim to identify strategies to prevent misuse of unmanned aerial systems, the department said Monday.
“This mission critical research will facilitate a better understanding of both capabilities and vulnerabilities of unmanned aerial technology as well as spur the development of countermeasures to potential threats based upon their use,” said Reginald Brothers, DHS undersecretary for science and technology.
UND will also help DHS S&T examine security challenges posed by commercial UAS.
DHS seeks to develop training methods and best practices for unmanned aerial technology use through experimental research efforts.
UND researchers conduct studies on the areas of aerospace, energy, environmental protection, engineering, health sciences and nutrition.