Chicago's Next Security Concern: Weaponized Drones

Craig Dellimore
October 24, 2018 - 6:51 pm

CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- The city needs to take a hard look at defending against possible threats from drones, the head of Chicago’s Office of Emergency Management and Communications told aldermen Wednesday.

During a budget hearing, Third Ward Ald. Pat Dowell raised a concern with OEMC Director Alicia Tate-Nadeau. She said she saw drones flying over the Lollapalooza concerts this summer and wondered whether these crafts were under the agency’s control.

OEMC doesn’t have any drones, Tate-Nadeau said. That raises a major issue, she said, because in other countries drones have been equipped with explosives.

“From a public safety standpoint, I would really like to see us venture into a counter-drone program,” she said.

She said the technology is available, and there’s grant money in her budget.