The head of Air Combat Command described both the incidents. The first involved an F-22 Raptor, which came in for landing, but nearly collided with a smaller commercial aerial drone, which at the time was unmanned. As if that wasn’t enough, in the same week, a civilian drone was seen by Air Force security to be flying over the base perimeter and also along the flight line, before it seemingly vanished.
It’s worth noting that flying drones over air bases in the US is illegal, but taking action, including shooting them, is a federal matter and currently only federal civilian agencies are permitted to do this.
In both of these cases the Air Force didn’t have legal authority to do anything about these drones, especially their choice to shoot them down.
The head of Air Combat Command states:
"Imagine a world where somebody flies a couple hundred of those, and flies one
down the intake of one of my F-22s with just a small weapon. I need the authorities to deal with that."