US is preparing to ban foreign-made drones from government use

Tech Crunch | March 12, 2020

The Trump administration is preparing an executive order to ban federal departments and agencies from buying or using foreign-made drones, citing a risk to national security, TechCrunch has learned. The draft order, which was drafted in the past few weeks and seen by TechCrunch, would effectively ban both foreign-made drones or drones made with foreign components out of fear that sensitive data collected during their use could be transferred to adversarial nation-states. The order specifically calls out threats posed by China, a major hub for drone manufacturers that supply both government and consumers, with the prospect that other countries could be added later.

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As our infographic displays, the UK is currently the leading FinTech capital. Innovative start-ups within the UK’s existing large financial services sector are attracting large investments and creating a huge amount of employment. The UK’s thriving FinTech market can be attributed to a strong FinTech ecosystem which has encouraged the market’s success.

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As our infographic displays, the UK is currently the leading FinTech capital. Innovative start-ups within the UK’s existing large financial services sector are attracting large investments and creating a huge amount of employment. The UK’s thriving FinTech market can be attributed to a strong FinTech ecosystem which has encouraged the market’s success.

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Growth Street Partners | October 28, 2021

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Citadel Defense Wins $12.2M Contract to Defeat Enemy Drones on Battlefield from U.S. Department of Defense

Citadel Defense | September 02, 2020

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Software AG Government Solutions Achieves FedRAMP Authorization

Software AG Government Solutions | August 20, 2020

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