10 October 2009
When they only want to buy one
"In turn, others note that the location of manufacturing elsewhere makes it easier for competitors to copy and build their own cloned systems. iRobot engineers tell how they have already seen cloned copies of both their Roomba vacuum cleaner and the PackBot military robot. Indeed, they once angrily confronted a group of Singaporean military officers who were showing off what appeared to be a clone of a PackBot at an demonstration. Stayne Hoff smiliarly says that a good sign that a buyer just wants to clone a drone is "when they only want to buy one."
Exerpt from 'Wired for War: The Robotics Revolution and Conflict in the 21st Century' by P. W. Singer, a senior fellow at the Brookings Institute. Page 250.
The source of this appeared to be from an interview.