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Visual Aid: The solider of the future is a robot hummingbird from Monrovia, California

Southern California was once a center for defense contracting. The Golden Age has long passed. But there's a revival afoot, and it doesn't mean jet fighters, bombers, and ICBMs. It means something more modest. The solider of the future is...a hummingbird?

That's what Monrovia, Calif.-based AeroEnvironment thinks. The company already builds drone aircraft. Right now, it's working on a concept for an autonomous, bird-like surveillance nano-drone. Drones are becoming increasingly important on the modern battlefield. And in this area, Southern California is once again taking the lead.

The hummingbird soldier of the future: it's the hummingbird...made...lethal.

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