Author(s): Richard Whittle
"Fresh and authoritative ... [Whittle] delivers action-packed details about how the CIA and the Pentagon used armed Predators to hunt for Al Qaeda leaders immediately after 9/11."-"The Washington Post"""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 one of the most profound developments in the history of military and aerospace technology.A remarkable cast of characters developed the Predator, including a former Israeli inventor who turned his Los Angeles garage into a drone laboratory, two billionaire brothers marketing a futuristic weapon to help combat Communism, 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.
Richard Whittle is author of "The Dream Machine: The Untold History of the Notorious V-22 Osprey." A Global Fellow at the Woodrow Wilson Center and 2013-14 Verville Fellow at the National Air and Space Museum, Whittle has covered the military for three decades, including twenty-two years as Pentagon correspondent for "The Dallas Morning News." He lives in Chevy Chase, Maryland.