American taxpayers need up to $1 billion to pay for anti-Chinese drone laws

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Small drones, many of the same ones used by consumers and photographers, have become a major political issue in the USA. Republicans especially – but not exclusively – are trying to prove their strength against China by banning government agencies from buying or operating them with the proposed American Security Drone Act. But there's a big problem.

Forbes has conducted some research including Freedom of Information Act requests that reveal just how big that problem might be.

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Adam Juniper
Managing Editor

With over 20 years of expertise as a tech journalist, Adam brings a wealth of knowledge across a vast number of product categories, including timelapse cameras, home security cameras, NVR cameras, photography books, webcams, 3D printers and 3D scanners, borescopes, radar detectors… and, above all, drones. 

Adam is our resident expert on all aspects of camera drones and drone photography, from buying guides on the best choices for aerial photographers of all ability levels to the latest rules and regulations on piloting drones. 

He is the author of a number of books including The Complete Guide to Drones, The Smart Smart Home Handbook, 101 Tips for DSLR Video and The Drone Pilot's Handbook