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Hunter Killer: Inside America's Unmanned Air War Hardcover – October 13, 2015
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About the Author
KEVIN MAURER is an award-winning journalist and the bestselling coauthor, with Mark Owen, of No Easy Day: The Firsthand Account of the Mission That Killed Osama bin Laden. He has covered special operations forces for a decade.
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The book does an ok job explaining his limited experiences in the program. Yes, they were limited because it presents a single perspective, from a small portion, of what has been the fastest growing aerospace program that the USAF has seen in decades.
The book is NOT the first ever look inside the program. It is not a historical perspective about how or why decisions were made across all levels of the program. Nor is it a well-researched description of the technology, its breakthroughs and their impact.
If you want a true 360 exploration of the origins of the Predator program, insight into some of the key members involved and a skillfully researched look at the decisions made; take the time to read Richard Whittles book Predator- The secret origins of the drone revolution. Full disclosure, I was interviewed for that book because of my role in the development of the program.
Don’t’ shy away from Mark’s memoir but buy it with your eyes wide open understanding they type of book it really is.
The last 5-10 pages of the book finally get into the meat of the matter. Remote operated vehicles are one of a class of new technologies that is going to change the face of conflict in a fundamental way. The military is struggling culturally and programmatically with how to incorporate this new class of technology into their toolkit. And he was there for the catalytic last decade. That's the story I wanted to hear.
Worth a read. You'll be hungry for something with more meat when you're done.
Particularly interesting were the views on the importance and future of these aircraft. It was pointed out that these aircraft are all piloted, the pilots are just on the ground not in the aircraft.
There was quite a lot on how operations are carried out. There are generally two crews. One is deployed and is responsible for take offs and landings. The other is US based and is responsible for the active mission. Although this struck me as strange; it actually makes sense. It is cheaper to have crews in the US than deployed.
All in all a worthwhile read.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Goo read truly provides insight into the day to day effort of those protecting us. I am overwhelmed by the dedication of our service men and women.Published 17 days ago by Lawrence Wahl
Insightful read about the life of an RPA pilot and about the advances in unmanned aerial vehicle technology. Read morePublished 22 days ago by santiago
Good book an a very up to date subject. Well written and easy to follow.Published 2 months ago by Dangerous Dave
Being one of the maintenance troops he was talking about at the end of his book, I really enjoyed it I worked for Lt Col McCurley in Djibouti and at Holloman having prepared his... Read morePublished 2 months ago by walter perdue
The book really gives you insight into Predator operations and shows just how revolutionary this aircraft really is for our time.Published 2 months ago by Mr Richard J Hudec II
A quick entertaining read. Hard to believe this guy was at the center of all these moments, but enjoyable nonetheless.Published 3 months ago by Beis
Superior reading of the worlds latest technology break through!Published 3 months ago by Joyce Horne
I liked learning about the way the drone warfare/surveillance/ground support is conducted, but couldn't stay engaged. Read morePublished 4 months ago by D. Jones
The writing is a little soft but it's good to have a solid book about this big shift in air tactics.Published 5 months ago by Jonathan Kos-Read