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US Congress Passes Bill To Ban DJI Drones To Defend Against Alleged Chinese Surveillance Called ‘Countering CCP Drones Act’

by Jacob M. Thompson


More hypocrisy and anti-China rhetoric.

On Friday, June 14th, the United States House of Representatives passed the The National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which allocates $895 billion for military spending, passed by a vote of 217–199; and in it contained a provision that would ban the sale and use of the popular DJI drones made by a Chinese company, which is apparently to counteract potential surveillance concerns.

This same defense budget package also automates the Select Service System (SSS) for men aged 18-26 in the event a draft is declared. SEE: US Congress Passes Bill To Automatically Enroll Men Aged 18-26 In Military Draft

Buried within the roughly 1000-page bill is “Section 223 – Dismantlement of Chinese Drone Aircraft of [sic] to Identify the Origin of Components and Security Vulnerabilities.” Apparently, it was originally called the “Countering CCP Drones Act,” Tom’s Hardware reported.

The current text of the amendment’s states:

(a) In General. –Not later than 90 days after the date of the
enactment of this Act, the Secretary of Defense, acting through the
head of the Defense Technology Security Administration and in
coordination with the Director of the Defense Innovation Unit, shall–
(1) fully disassemble a drone aircraft made by the Chinese
technology company Da Jiang Innovations (DJI); and
(2) determine the origin of each component of such drone
(b) Report. –After completing the actions required under subsection
(a), the Secretary of Defense shall submit to the Committees on Armed
Services of the Senate and the House of Representatives a report that
(1) a list of each component found in the drone, including
the origin of the component and manufacturer information.
(2) a description of any security vulnerabilities that were
identified in the course of disassembling the drone.
(c) Form. –The report required under subsection (b) shall be
submitted in unclassified form but may include a classified annex.

DJI is blacklisted again later in the bill in “Section 1722 – Analysis of Certain Unmanned Aircraft Systems Entities.” The section states:

(a) In General.–Not later than 180 days after the date of the enactment of this Act, the Secretary of Defense shall conduct an analysis to determine if any unmanned aircraft systems entity, or any subsidiary, parent, affiliate, or successor of such an entity, should be identified as a Chinese military company or a military-civil fusion contributor and included on the list maintained by the Department of Defense in accordance with section 1260H(b) of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2021 (10 U.S.C. 113 note). (b) Addition of Certain Unmanned Aircraft Systems Entities Technologies to Covered List.– (1) In general.–Section 2(c) of the Secure and Trusted Communications Networks Act of 2019 (47 U.S.C. 1601(c)) is amended by adding at the end the following new paragraph: “(5) The communications equipment or service being– “(A) telecommunications or video surveillance equipment produced by Shenzhen Da-Jiang Innovations Sciences and Technologies Company Limited (commonly known as `DJI Technologies’) (or any subsidiary or affiliate thereof); or “(B) telecommunications or video surveillance services, including software, provided by an entity described in subparagraph (A) or using equipment described in such subparagraph.”. (2) Conforming amendments. –Section 2 of the Secure and Trusted Communications Networks Act of 2019 (47 U.S.C. 1601) is amended by striking “paragraphs (1) through (4)” each place it appears and inserting “paragraphs (1) through (5)”. (c) Definitions. –In this section: (1) The term “unmanned aircraft system” has the meaning given such term in section 44801 of title 49, United States Code. (2) The term “unmanned aircraft systems entity” means an entity that manufactures or assembles an unmanned aircraft system…


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