The Initiative to Counter Unmanned Aerial System Threats

Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) are a rapidly developing technology. UAS are and will increasingly be used in important, positive and legitimate ways by governments (e.g. emergency responses, firefighting) and the private sector (e.g. agriculture, pipeline monitoring, consumer goods delivery). But informed observers are concerned that also terrorists will continue to utilize UAS for their own illicit and unlawful aims.

The GCTF Initiative to Counter Unmanned Aerial System (UAS) Threats, co-led by Germany and the United States, developed the Berlin Memorandum on Good Practices for Countering Terrorist Use of Unmanned Aerial Systems. The Memorandum can serve as the basis for international engagement, assistance, and training to understand how international stakeholders can counter terrorist use of UAS. The document was endorsed at the Tenth GCTF Ministerial Plenary Meeting in New York in September 2019.

Initiative activities included a launch event and first regional workshop hosted in Berlin, Germany, in December 2018 focusing on Europe, followed by three regional workshops focusing on the Middle East, held in Amman, Jordan, on Southeast Asia in Seoul, the Republic of Korea, as well as on Africa, held in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. These workshops brought together representatives from governments, law enforcement, international organizations and the private industry to discuss existing knowledge and build networks and partnerships.