Author: Richard Whittle
Whittle, Richard (2014). Predator: The Secret Origins Of The Drone Revolution. New York: Henry Holt and Company
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- “The creation of the first weapon in history that can stalk and kill an enemy on the other side of the globe was far more than clever engineering. As Richard Whittle shows in Predator, it was the most profound development in military and aerospace technology since the intercontinental ballistic missile. Once considered fragile toys, drones were long thought to be of limited utility. The Predator itself was resisted at nearly every turn by the military establishment, but a few iconoclasts refused to see this new technology smothered at birth. The remarkable cast of characters responsible for developing the Predator includes a former Israeli inventor who turned his Los Angeles garage into a drone laboratory, two billionaire brothers marketing a futuristic weapon that would combat Communism, a pair of fighter pilots willing to buck their white-scarf fraternity, a cunning Pentagon operator nicknamed “Snake,” and a secretive Air Force organization known as Big Safari. When an Air Force team unleashed the first lethal drone strikes in 2001 for the CIA, the military’s view of drones changed nearly overnight. Based on five years of research and hundreds of interviews, Predator is a groundbreaking, dramatic account of the creation of a revolutionary weapon that forever changed the way we wage war”– Provided by publisher.
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Date Updated: August 2, 2016
Brief reviews from Intelligencer.
Starting as WWII fragile target practice craft, drones still played only a small role years later in Vietnam. But post-9/11 everything changed. A remarkable cast of characters developed the Predator into a futuristic, wonder weapon. It transformed modern warfare and changed aviation. Whittle shows that this development in aerospace technology; fiercely resisted by the military, swept away those critics when it proved essential in the war in the Balkans and in later anti-terrorism missions. This work is based onfive yearsof research and hundreds of interviews.
This is also reviewed at Bergen, Peter L. (2015) and Daniel Rothenberg, eds. Drone Wars: Transforming Conflict, Law, And Policy. New York, NY: Cambridge University Press
 “Reviews in Brief—Intelligencer: Journal of U. S. Intelligence Studies (19, 1, Spring/Summer 2014, p. )