Accidental Funny of the Day

CJCSI 3610.01A (available here as a 63KB PDF) presents military policy on “Aircraft Piracy (Hijacking) and Destruction of Derelict Airborne Objects”. As you might guess from the title, it deals mainly with military support to the FAA for hijackings, but also covers the destruction of airborne objects:

Derelict airborne objects (for example, unmanned free balloons, moored balloons or kites, unmanned non-nuclear rockets or missiles, unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) or remotely operated vehicles (ROV)) are a potential threat to public safety. Military personnel may, upon request, be required to track and destroy such objects.

Maybe it’s the weather, but I find the statement “non-nuclear rockets or missiles… are a potential threat to public safety” amusing. What, aren’t nuclear rockets or missiles potential threats? Bah.

This does, however, cause me to wonder just how many times, if any, the U.S. military has been called upon to track and/or destroy balloons, kites, blimps, remote-control aircraft, and the like in recent years. If this were the United Kingdom, I could just ask the Ministry of Defense, and twenty days later, thanks to their spiffy Freedom of Information law, they’d tell me. Probably. Here, alas, I’m left wondering, because I doubt there’s a particularly user-friendly way to get such information out of the military, even with a half-dozen FOIA requests.

Published in: Geekiness, General, Security | on May 24th, 2007| Comments Off on Accidental Funny of the Day

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