Author Biography

Yeonmin Cho is an adjunct professor of the Department of Political Science at Towson University. She has taught courses on international security, comparative politics, and intelligence and national security. She holds a master’s degree in public administration from Syracuse University and Ph.D. in international security and foreign policy from the University of Pittsburgh.



Subject Area Keywords

Economics, Global trends and risks, Homeland security, Law enforcement


The United States is poised to integrate commercial unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) into the national airspace and enable government entities to use UAS in a more expedient manner. This policy change, mandated by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Modernization and Reform Act of 2012, offers new economic, social and scientific opportunities as well as enhanced law enforcement capacity. However, such benefits will be accompanied by concerns over misuse and abuse of the new technologies by criminals and terrorists. Privacy has been the focus of public debate over the more widespread use of UAS. This paper examines a variety of issues related to allowing broad UAS operations in domestic airspace, and puts forth that safety should be the top priority of policy makers in their effort to integrate UAS into the national airspace system.