Inside Unmanned Systems

OCT-NOV 2017

Inside Unmanned Systems provides actionable business intelligence to decision-makers and influencers operating within the global UAS community. Features include analysis of key technologies, policy/regulatory developments and new product design.

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by JAMES POSS, MAJ GEN (RET) USAF, CEO ISR IDEAS 8 unmanned systems inside October/November 2017 C an a single government decision re- shape an entire market in just a few months? It's starting to look like it. About two months ago, the U.S. Army told its units to "Cease all use, uninstall all DJI applications, remove all batteries/storage media from devices and secure all equip- ment for follow on direction." The Army never explained the directive in detail, but they were clearly concerned with cyber vul- nerabilities in products from the People's Republic of China's DJI. At the InterDrone 2017 convention in Las Vegas a month later, it was as if a pall had been lifted from American small drone manufacturers. The same manufactur- ers who watched DJI buy their last major American competitor now had clients stand- ing in line again. There was tremendous in- terest in any American manufacturer who could replace DJI fleet products. One of my clients ordered an immediate reprint of all of their brochures to remove all mention of DJI products. The American companies all stressed how they manufactured "on shore" and only bought chips from either the U.S. or close treaty partners. Israeli and European manufacturers explained how they could easily manufacture in America, and that they are allied with the U.S. The Canadians mainly stressed they were Canadian. No further explanation necessary. It Gets Worse for DJI The blows against China's DJI near mo- nopoly kept coming during the convention itself. The U.S. Air Force and Australian Ministry of Defense reportedly joined the U.S. Army in banning DJI drones. Bloomberg released an ar ticle high- Intel Altus GoPro Altavian AeroVironment WHO MIGHT FILL THE VOID General Overview by James Poss, Maj Gen (RET) USAF SMALL DRONE MARKET BREAKS OPEN

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