I think the modern-day model that works best is the one where any company or university interested in being at the leading edge of technology invest in participation in international forums. Because I agree that attemtping to wall off outside "influences" can only result in falling behind in your domestic industry.
There are simply too many smart people all over the world. Cannot be helpful to ignore all the ones outside one's own borders.
Drones are, in essence, flying autonomous vehicles. Pros and cons surrounding drones today might well foreshadow the debate over the development of self-driving cars. In the context of a strongly regulated aviation industry, "self-flying" drones pose a fresh challenge. How safe is it to fly drones in different environments? Should drones be required for visual line of sight – as are piloted airplanes? Join EE Times' Junko Yoshida as she moderates a panel of drone experts.