With drones spotted at Port Tampa Bay, international fears hit home

In Rich Bishop’s nightmare, someone flies a drone over Port Tampa Bay and drops an explosive device on a gas tank, causing massive destruction.

Feeding this scary scenario is that law enforcement agencies already have received calls about drones over the port, said Bishop, a former strategic planner at U.S. Special Operations Command, speaking at a defense technology summit in Tampa this week.

“Imagine one of those drones was carrying a thermite grenade and dropped it on a gas tank,” he said. “Right now, we don’t have the ability to take one of those down.”

No immediate security risks arose with drones seen flying over Port Tampa Bay, said Mark Dubina, vice president of security for the port. Still, Dubina said, “in general, critical infrastructure has concerns of people flying drones over their facilities” …


Tampa Bay Times | Oct. 5, 2017

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