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The UAS Executive Committee was formed as a result of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2010 It is composed of senior executives from federal agencies including FAA, DOD, NASA, and DHS and is responsible for identifying solutions to the range of technical, procedural, and policy concerns arising from UAS integration.
Section 935 of 2010 NDAA states that "The Secretary of Defense and the Secretary of Transportation shall, after consultation with the Secretary of Homeland Security, jointly develop a plan for providing expanded access to the national airspace system for unmanned aircraft systems of the Department of Defense" and requires the Executive Committee members to provide Congress with, among other things, a communication plan, specific milestones for expanded access to the national airspace system, and report on their efforts.
- ↑ Pub. L. No. 111-84, 123 Stat. 2190 (2009).