Wilson Center Experts
Richard Whittle is a writer specializing in aviation and author of The Dream Machine: The Untold History of the Notorious V-22 Osprey, (Simon & Schuster, 2010). Now at work on a history of the Predator, the first modern armed drone, for publisher Henry Holt and Company, Whittle is the Alfred V. Verville Fellow at the National Air & Space Museum for the 2013-2014 academic year. He is available to lecture or conduct interviews on all aspects of “The Drone Revolution.” In 2011, he authored a paper for the Mitchell Institute for Air Power Studies detailing the political and technological history of how and why the Air Force weaponized the Predator. More recently, he discussed the political and social implications of military and civilian drones in a webcast interview for Denver’s “Rocky Mountain PBS.”
Apart from his position at the Wilson Center, Whittle is an occasional contributor to Air & Space Smithsonian and other publications. From 1984-2006, he covered the Pentagon and other Washington beats for The Dallas Morning News. He previously covered defense and foreign policy for Congressional Quarterly and was an editor at National Public Radio. His articles have been published in the Christian Science Monitor, a wide range of other newspapers and magazines, and on The Atlantic Monthly web site. He has appeared on “The Daily Show With Jon Stewart,” C-SPAN, National Public Radio and a variety of other television and radio broadcasts.
Fluent in German, Whittle also speaks conversational French. He has written in German for newspapers including Die Zeit (Hamburg), Neue Zürcher Zeitung (Zurich) and Süddeutsche Zeitung (Munich), and served as an occasional guest commentator on German and Swiss public radio.