Homeland Security chooses Mississippi for major drone project

After a highly competitive review process, the Department of Homeland Security selected Mississippi as a new base of operations for its drones, and much of the evaluation of how to best to use the devices will be done in South Mississippi.

Mississippi State University will lead the major research-and-development project for the department’s Science and Technology Directorate, the university and the state’s congressmen announced Wednesday….

…Sites that will be used are Camp Shelby, which is the Army National Guard’s national drone-training center; buffer zone areas at Stennis Space Center, which is used for Department of Defense special-operations training; and the maritime environment accessible from the U.S. Coast Guard facilities on Singing River Island in Jackson County.