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"Be prepared to mentally strap yourself into the pilot's seat while reading this book. The author takes the reader through the streets of Balad, Baghdad, and other trouble areas of Iraq during his tour of duty. There is, however, one major difference. Martin himself was not actually seated in the plan, but flying it remotely, sometimes as far away as Nellis Air Force base in Nevada."
"...gives readers an excellent sense of what it feels like to control an MQ-1B."
Midwest Book Review
"Predator offers a fine first-person account of fighting the global wars on terror. Predator missions and personal insights into a program only recently classified as 'secret' make for exciting stories of armed insurgency and urban warfare, bringing a 'you are there' feel to the idea of the Predator - a remotely piloted aircraft (RPA) - as a cold killing machine. No military collection should be without this unique assessment."
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"Predator tells how this remotely piloted aircraft has had an impact on the modern battlefield. Superb in its ability to provide reconnaissance and to deliver death to the enemy with Hellfire missiles, these aircraft have a crew that are sometimes a half a world away from the missions they’re flying. Lt. Col. Martin provides a first-person account of the fight against global terrorism. It is filled with exciting stories of chasing and attacking armed insurgents in Baghdad or across the desert countryside. Because of the television cameras, the crews experience warfare more closely than traditional bomber crews."
The MQ-1 Predator is a remotely piloted aircraft (RPA) used for forward observation and reconnaissance as well as targeted attacks with its two Hellfire missiles. Frequently referred to as a drone or even a robot in the press, the insectlike craft is sometimes spoken of as though it were an autonomous machine, coldly killing according to its programming. In reality, the RPA has a crew like any other aircraft—except for the fact that the crew is not on board, but safely on the ground and sometimes half a world away from the missions they’re flying.
Predator is Lt. Col. Matt J. Martin's first-person account of fighting the Global War on Terror over Iraq and Afghanistan from the controls of an RPA. From his training in Nevada to being stationed in Iraq—where his base came under attack even if he was "safe" on the ground during Predator missions—Martin provides personal insights into a program that until recently was largely classified secret.
There are exciting stories of chasing and attacking armed insurgents in Baghdad and the desert countryside as well as heart-wrenching accounts of the inevitable collateral damage of urban warfare. Ironically, due to monitors fed by the Predator's targeting camera, even if stationed far away from the action, these crews witness the effects of their attacks far more closely than traditional bomber crews physically present above their targets. Regardless of where the reader stands on the war, the myth of the Predator as a cold killing machine is put to rest through the struggles of the people serving in these remote-controlled battles against insurgents and terrorists.
A good insight into the operation and tactical use of UAV systems. Pilots point of view explains the personal costs involved in our newest field of air warfare, along with... Read morePublished 5 days ago by Jimmy Richard Holder
If you're interested in books about drones and the Air Force's RPA program, this is the book for you. First hand accounts from a guy who's been there on the front lines.Published 2 months ago by Rontotyo DeMazz
Fails to capture the full extent of the right seat operator's (Sensor Operator) contributions and responsibilities. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Roderick Walker
Not a bad book all in all, but the author's voice was a little frustrating at times. His voice had some seriously racist things that were just uncalled for.Published 12 months ago by Christian
Very well written. Gives a highly detailed account of how drone warfare is conducted - and how mind-boggingly tight-controlled it is. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Amazon Customer
A real page turned. Opened my eyes to a new reality in war. Drones!Published 16 months ago by Just a Guy who loves to read
This is the future of war. It's an excellent book. Well written and a valuable resource. No, it's not yet totally by remote control. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Patrick Cirillo
Major Martin is an excellent writer, capable of pulling one into not merely the technology of unmanned warfare, but the heart and head of the new type of warrior and command... Read morePublished 18 months ago by M. League
An interesting behind the scenes look at how unmanned aerial vehicles are operated. However, it is not a real "page turner."Published 18 months ago by DE Winter