U.S. Air Force Drone Documents

Drone Watch filed this request with the Air Force of the United States of America.
Tracking # #2012-05207-F
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From: Drone Watch

To Whom It May Concern:

This is a request under the Freedom of Information Act. I hereby request the following records:

1. any requests for proposals, proposals submitted by vendors, contracts, budgets or cost allocations for the purchase and/or use of aerial drones, UAs, UAVs, and UASs (hereinafter “drones”);

2. any policies, guidelines, manuals and/or instructions on department use of drones, including on the legal process required (such as a warrant or court order), if any, before operating a drone;

3. any departmental records concerning this department’s use of drones now or plans to use drones in the future including:

a. the types of investigations or instances in which this department is using or plans to use drones, or how it plans to support, manage or oversee the usage of drones by another department or office;

b. policies, guidelines, manuals and/or instructions on storage requirements or procedures for video or static images obtained through use of drones, including retention times;

c. the altitude at which drones can or do fly;

d. drones’ ability to carry weapons

I also request that, if appropriate, fees be waived as I believe this request is in the public interest. The requested documents will be made available to the general public free of charge as part of the public information service at MuckRock.com, processed by a representative of the news media/press and is made in the process of news gathering and not for commercial usage.

In the event that fees cannot be waived, I would be grateful if you would inform me of the total charges in advance of fulfilling my request. I would prefer the request filled electronically, by e-mail attachment if available or CD-ROM if not.

Thank you in advance for your anticipated cooperation in this matter. I look forward to receiving your response to this request within 20 business days, as the statute requires.

Sincerely,

Drone Watch

From: ORG - HAF Freedom of Information Act (FOIA)

Sir/Ma'am,

In order to process this request, we will need to know the requester's name. Previous requests from this agency shows that the requester is Mr. Jason Smathers.

v/r,

From: Drone Watch

Sorry, this request was from Shawn Musgrave.

From: ORG - HAF Freedom of Information Act (FOIA)

Sir,

Should we use the MuckRock News address for Mr. Musgrave?

v/r,

From: Drone Watch

Yes, please, as listed at the bottom of this correspondence.

From: Graner, Kimberly

Greetings,
This is to acknowledge receipt of your FOIA request.

From: Graner, Kimberly

Greetings,
This is an interim response to your FOIA request.

From: Graner, Kimberly

Greetings,
This is an interim response to your FOIA request.

From: Booher, Darrin Civ USAF AFMC 88 CS/SCOKIF

From: Kane, Lynn C Civ USAF AFMC 88 CS/SCOK

Mr Musgrave,

This is in response to your request for a fee waiver for the following
records:

1. any requests for proposals, proposals submitted by vendors,
contracts, budgets or cost allocations for the purchase and/or use of
aerial drones, UAs, UAVs, and UASs (hereinafter "drones");

2. any policies, guidelines, manuals and/or instructions on department
use of drones, including on the legal process required (such as a
warrant or court order), if any, before operating a drone;

3. any departmental records concerning this department's use of drones
now or plans to use drones in the future including:

a. the types of investigations or instances in which this department is
using or plans to use drones, or how it plans to support, manage or
oversee the usage of drones by another department or office;

b. policies, guidelines, manuals and/or instructions on storage
requirements or procedures for video or static images obtained through
use of drones, including retention times;

c. the altitude at which drones can or do fly;

Headquarters USAF FOIA Office has split your request to several
different Major Commands. This email is regarding Air Force Material
Command (AFMC) only. The FOIA Control number for AFMC processing your
request is 2012-06373-F-ST1. Please keep in mind that FOIA is for
existing records, rather than general information. If you want general
info about drones you must contact USAF public affairs.

Fee waivers may be granted if disclosure will satisfy a significant
public interest and if the requester's commercial interest in the
disclosure is less than the public interest in the records. If any of
the below questions produce a negative response then a fee waiver cannot
be granted:

1. Do the records describe identifiable operations of the Government
Agency?

2. Do the disclosed records contain meaningful info that is new and
would add to the public's understanding of the Government's operations?

3. Does the disclosure contribute to the understanding of the public
at large?

* Does requester have the ability to disseminate info to the
public at large?

4. Will the disclosed information add significantly to the general
public's understanding?

In order for the FOIA Manager to evaluate your qualifications for a fee
waiver, please describe how the criteria of items 1, 2, and 4 above are
met by these records.

V/R,

From: Macias, Della CIV USAF SAF/AAII

Mr. Musgrave,

This is in response to your 29 July 2012, Freedom of Information Act (FOIA)
request for information regarding aerial drones, UAs, UAVs.

We are unable to process your request as it is because, item number 2 of
your request is too vague and broad for us to adequately determine the
responsive records. Identification of the record(s) desired is the
responsibility of the individual who requests a record. In your request,
item number 2, you asked about standards for the use of department "drones,"
highlighting the "legal process required (such as a court order)." The broad
language of this request would appear to encompass basic safety and
environmental processes, although the context indicates you may be actually
be interested in the process for approving the tasking of RPAs. To avoid
sending a large volume of data that may not suit your needs, could you
confirm whether or not you intended to capture the environmental and safety
approval processes?

We are holding your request in abeyance until we receive your clarification.
Please reference FOIA case 2012-05207-F in all correspondence. If we do
not receive a reply by 10 days from the date of this e-mail (26 October
2012), we will close this case file and you will need to initiate a new FOIA
request for these documents.

If you have any questions please call me at (703) 963-2579 and reference

From: Kane, Lynn C Civ USAF AFMC 88 CS/SCOK

Mr Musgrave,

We are closing your request in accordance with DoDR 5400.7-R, AFMAN 33-302, C5.2.2.5. Records not Reasonably Described and C5.2.2.4, fee-related reason. We did not receive a response to our email below. If you become able to reasonably describe the records you seek, provide fee agreement, or describe justification of criteria below to qualify for a fee waiver and expedited processing, you may resubmit your request.

V/R,

From: Bailey, Raymond CIV USAF SAF/AAII

Mr. Musgrave,

Please see the email below and respond to this email as soon as possible. I
prefer to be reached by email, standing by. In your reply, if possible, please
provide a phone number where you may be reached.

v/r

Mr. Raymond Bailey
SAF/FOIA Disclosure Officer
Headquarters Air Force Information Office (SAF/AAII)
Commercial: 703-692-9979
Raymond.Bailey1@pentagon.af.mil

This electronic transmission may contain FOR OFFICIAL USE ONLY
(FOUO)information that must be protected under the Privacy Act of 1974 (see
AFI33-332). Do not release outside of DoD channels without the consent of the
originator's office. If you received this message in error, please notify the
sender by reply e-mail and delete all copies of the message.

From: Bailey, Raymond CIV USAF SAF/AAII

Mr. Raymond Bailey
SAF/FOIA Disclosure Officer
Headquarters Air Force Information Office (SAF/AAII)
Commercial: 703-692-9979
Raymond.Bailey1@pentagon.af.mil

This electronic transmission may contain FOR OFFICIAL USE ONLY
(FOUO)information that must be protected under the Privacy Act of 1974 (see
AFI33-332). Do not release outside of DoD channels without the consent of
the originator's office. If you received this message in error, please
notify the sender by reply e-mail and delete all copies of the message.

From: Shawn Musgrave

Mr. Bailey:

Thank you again for your help in reopening this request. Please find our updated request below. MuckRock is, in fact, interested in the environmental and safety approval processes.

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To Whom It May Concern:

This is a request under the Freedom of Information Act. I hereby request the following records:

1. any requests for proposals, proposals submitted by vendors, contracts, budgets or cost allocations for the purchase and/or use of aerial drones, UAs, UAVs, RPAs and UASs (hereinafter “drones”);

2. any policies, guidelines, manuals and/or instructions on department use of drones, including on the legal process required (such as a warrant or court order), if any, before operating a drone; please include documents related to the process for tasking approval as well as the environmental and safety approval processes.

3. any departmental records concerning this department’s use of drones now or plans to use drones in the future including:

a. the types of investigations or instances in which this department is using or plans to use drones, or how it plans to support, manage or oversee the usage of drones by another department or office;

b. policies, guidelines, manuals and/or instructions on storage requirements or procedures for video or static images obtained through use of drones, including retention times;

c. the altitude at which drones can or do fly;

d. drones’ ability to carry weapons

I also request that, if appropriate, fees be waived as I believe this request is in the public interest. The requested documents will be made available to the general public free of charge as part of the public information service at MuckRock.com, processed by a representative of the news media/press and is made in the process of news gathering and not for commercial usage.

In the event that fees cannot be waived, I would be grateful if you would inform me of the total charges in advance of fulfilling my request. I would prefer the request filled electronically, by e-mail attachment if available or CD-ROM if not.

Thank you in advance for your anticipated cooperation in this matter. I look forward to receiving your response to this request within 20 business days, as the statute requires.

Sincerely,

Shawn Musgrave

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Again, thank you for your assistance. Please let me know if further clarification is needed, and MuckRock will be sure to provide it right away.

Best,
Shawn Musgrave
MuckRock News

From: Shawn Musgrave

Mr. Bailey:

Please process item number 2 of our request, copied below, as stated.

Regarding MuckRock's request for a fee waiver, please find our responses below:

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1. Do the records describe identifiable operations of the Government
Agency?
A: Yes, the records describe operations of the Air Force regarding its operation of drones.

2. Do the disclosed records contain meaningful info that is new and
would add to the public's understanding of the Government's operations?
A: Yes. Information regarding the government's use of drones has not been released on a wide scale.

3. Does the disclosure contribute to the understanding of the public
at large?
* Does requester have the ability to disseminate info to the
public at large?
A: Yes, MuckRock will publish the requested documents on its website as well as in partnership with the Electronic Frontier Foundation and various media outlets.

4. Will the disclosed information add significantly to the general
public's understanding?
A: Yes. To date the public has not been informed substantially regarding the government's use of drones.

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Thank you for your assistance. Please get in touch if you require additional clarification of our request or credentials for a fee waiver.

Best,
Shawn Musgrave

From: Bethea, Rand

Mr. Musgrave,
Please find attached the Air Combat Command's response to our search for records regarding your FOIA request sent to the Air Force Request Service Center for processing.

From: MuckRock.com

To Whom It May Concern:

I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request, copied below, and originally submitted on July 20, 2012. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number ##2012-05207-F..

Thank you for your help.

From: MuckRock.com

To Whom It May Concern:

I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request, copied below, and originally submitted on July 20, 2012. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number ##2012-05207-F..

Thank you for your help.

From: ACC FOIA

Mr. Musgrave,

You sent this follow-up to the wrong request service center. FOIA Case 2012-5207 was processed by the Air Force request service center.

Rand Bethea

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