The first drone Art Pregler worked with was a bit larger than the ones we think of today.

"They were full-blown fighter aircraft – jets," Art explains. "We converted them into drones and then shot them down with various technologies we were testing."

It's a long way from the United States Department of Defense to his AT&T office in Bothell, Washington, but you can definitely draw a straight line.


Art Pregler

"There are so many military technologies that have private sector applications and drones are one of them," Art says. He would know. His career with drones now spans more than 30 years – militarized drones, surveillance drones – the man has some stories … even a few he isn't allowed to talk about.

Now he's finding innovative ways to use the unmanned aircraft and get the AT&T drone program off the ground.