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The U.S. Navy is creating a team of engineers, researchers and hackers dedicated to combating cheap, hobby drones.
The initiative is one of many the Pentagon is currently undergoing to protect U.S. citizens from commercial drones that can be easily modified for destruction.
The Navy is working together with the Defense Digital Service to build a "team of highly technologically skilled and drive military and civilian... personnel," who will work "in collaborative, startup-like spaces to rapidly develop new (counter-drone) products," according to James Geurts, the leader of Navy acquisition.
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The Defense Digital Service's Army counter-drone project is called Jyn Erso, named after the Star Wars character in Rogue One.
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The Navy is currently recruiting sailors, Marines, and Navy civilians for the job opening.
It also isn't the first time the Navy announced it was trying to find ways to protect their ships from small, weaponized drones.
Back in 2014, the Navy released the below footage of an extremely-high-powered laser shooting down a drone.
The capabilities of the laser, which cost a whopping $150 million, prompted the Navy to purchase 2 more.
With drones in the news more and more often, like in the reported assassination attempt on Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, what do you think about the Navy's new initiative?
Via Defense One