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FBI Director Christopher Wray Discloses Domestic ‘Homemade IED’ Drone Attempts Investigations

During Senate Homeland Security Hearing, FBI Director Christopher Wray Discloses Domestic ‘Homemade IED’ Drone Attempts Investigations

C/O Futures Terrorism Research Note Series

Robert J. Bunker and Matt Begert 20 January 2023


On 17 November 2022, FBI Director Christopher Wray testified to a Senate Homeland Security Hearing on National Security Threats. During that session, he verbally provided previously unknown (and formerly sensitive) information pertaining to ongoing FBI investigations concerning “several instances within the US attempts to weaponize drones with homemade IEDs.”[2] This new and significant disclosure follows on from an earlier July 2020 incident (not reported on by media outlets until early November 2021) involving an attempted attack (using a DJI Mavic 2 drone with copper wire on a tether) targeting a Pennsylvania power substation in order to short circuit its transformers/electrical distribution lines.[3]


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