I'm not sure if I've posted on this before, but last September the White House Office of Science and Technology policy commissioned a great report on DIY Drones and the rest of the amateur/civilian UAV movement. It's full of terrific ideas for non-military uses for UAVs, and is complementary about this community and its potential to revolutionize the future of aerospace.
It makes several recommendations, including that DARPA use this model for its own UAVs (which it has done with UAVForge)
It rightly sees the educational potential of DIY Drones, too:
The full report is here.