A serious military drone won't need anything more than a compass, barometric altimeter and a camera for visual navigation. At night it might also make use of a star tracker. All of this can be isolated from any realistic EM weapons. Sure, civilian drones are not going to go to such lengths... for now.
California forestry service does prescribed burns periodically, during the wet parts of the year. But it's getting complicated by the recent dry years - too much of tinder-dry undergrowth and dead trees have accumulated. The windows for safe burns are becoming smaller especially given the vast population of California.
Then how about mandatory draft and military training? Why do you want to fondle your guns but don't want to become a part of "well regulated militia"? Remember, some of them even advocated government distribution of standardized weapons.
VTOL pretty much means "helicopters" (we discount military jets with vectored engines). And helicopter manufacturers are stuck in 70-s.
And you can't really make a traditional helicopter cheaper, you have lots of expensive parts because a failure of any of them will cause lithobraking followed by rapid unplanned disassembly. And they can't experiment with multi-rotor systems because the weight of mechanical transmission is prohibitive.
Fortunately, we now have powerful batteries and electric motors. Creating a helicopter or a multi-rotor aircraft capable of lifting a human is not too complicated because of insane power-to-weight ratio of electric propulsion. There are several companies doing just that.
There's still a problem with energy density - it's easy to take off vertically, but the flight time will be around 15-20 minutes.
Incorrect. You can't get more than 6MW from these turbines, the capacity is limited by the mechanical parts (gearbox). And at high winds they actually have to be _stopped_ with blades at minimal pitch and motors electrically locked.