Richard Whittle is the author of Predator: The Secret Origins of the Drone Revolution and of The Dream Machine: The Untold History of the Notorious V-22 Osprey. A Global Fellow in International Security Studies at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, Mr. Whittle is also Verville Fellow at the Smithsonian Institution's National Air and Space Museum. He writes occasionally for Air & Space Smithsonian, the web site Breaking Defense, and other publications, and from 1984-2006 covered the Pentagon and other Washington beats for The Dallas Morning News. Earlier in his career, Mr. Whittle wrote about defense and foreign policy for Congressional Quarterly magazine 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 also appeared as an interview guest on "The Daily Show With Jon Stewart," C-SPAN, NPR and a variety of other television and radio broadcasts.
Fluent in German, Whittle has written essays in that language for newspapers including Die Zeit (Hamburg), Neue Zürcher Zeitung (Zurich) and Süddeutsche Zeitung (Munich). He has also served on occasion as a guest commentator on German and Swiss public radio.