KIBBUTZ YIRON, Israel--"Znnnnnnnnng!"
The mechanical whine overhead forced every picker in the apple orchard to crane their heads toward its source. I didn't know it at the time, but we were watching Israel's high-tech future play out a couple of thousand feet above us.
A reconnaissance drone not much larger than your garden variety model airplane, a television camera strapped to its underside, was creeping through the sky to photograph military installations in Lebanon.
That was 26 years ago.
The "mazlat," as it was known in Hebrew, was a joint project between a … Read more