signed The outgoing US President (Donald TrumpYesterday, Monday, an executive order directing US agencies to assess any security risks from Chinese-made drones in US government fleets and prioritize their removal.
Trump has directed all U.S. agencies to identify the security risks to the government’s current fleet of drones from Chinese drones or drones built by other countries that are foreign adversaries, including Russia, Iran and North Korea.
Trump’s order also directs agencies to identify potential steps they can take to mitigate these risks, including, if necessary, halting all federal uses of drones and the rapid removal of those drones from the Federal Service.
And last month, the US Commerce Department added Chinese DJI, the world’s largest manufacturer of drones, to the US government’s economic blacklist, along with dozens of other Chinese companies.
In January 2020, the US Department of the Interior stopped its fleet of about 800 Chinese-made drones, and earlier, the Ministry of Interior stopped purchasing these drones.
The ministry said: It allows its use in emergency situations, In October, US Secretary of the Interior (David Bernhardt) ordered a halt to the department’s purchases of Chinese-made drones.
In May 2019, the US Department of Homeland Security warned US companies of the risks to corporate data from these drones.
In a notice, the Department of Homeland Security said: US officials have strong concerns about any technical product that takes US data into the territory of an authoritarian state that allows its intelligence services to have unrestricted access to that data or violates that access.
Last month, DJI said: It was disappointed with the Commerce Department’s decision but indicated that customers in America can continue to buy and use DJI products naturally, and DJI remains committed to developing innovative products in the industry that benefit the world.