A 'Hunter' Unmanned Aerial System's controller is displayed at the U.S. military base in Vilseck-Grafenwoehr, October 8, 2013.
Michaela Rehle / Courtesy Reuters

The United States has never had a monopoly on drones. It was the Israeli Air Force’s use of drones during its war in Lebanon in the 1980s that first prompted a skeptical U.S. military to support fully the development of remote-controlled systems. The decision to arm them came later, during the hunt for Osama bin Laden after 2001 and the war on terrorism. By now, U.S. drone strikes are a regular occurrence in areas where terrorist organizations have taken root.

Drone technology and drone use have also proliferated in other countries. And even more are seeking to develop

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