The U.S. Marine Corps has gotten the green light to resume using small commercial drones to increase battlefield awareness.
The Department of Defense late last month issued a waiver allowing the Marines to utilize hundreds of small, Instant Eye tactical drones as a way of increasing situational awareness on the battlefield, The Marine Corps Times writes.
The decision reverses a May DoD directive that the Marines cease using the drones because of cybersecurity concerns.
Now, the so-called Quads for Squads program will once again put a drone operator in charge of flying the small devices as part of a 13-man rifle squad. You can learn more about the program here.