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Richard Whittle

Global Fellow


September 1, 2013 — December 31, 2019

Professional affiliation

Writer specializing in aviation; Alfred V. Verville Fellow, National Air & Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution
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Full Biography

Richard Whittle, author of Predator: The Secret Origins of the Drone Revolution (Henry Holt and Company, September 2014), and The Dream Machine: The Untold History of the Notorious V-22 Osprey (Simon & Schuster, April 2010), is 2013-14 Alfred V. Verville Fellow at the Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum. A contributor to Air & Space Smithsonian, the web site Breaking Defense and other publications, Whittle is available for interviews or lectures on the drone revolution and other topics in military aviation. 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 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, he has also served as an occasional guest commentator on German and Swiss public radio.

Previous Terms

Senior Scholar, Sep 1, 2011 - Jun 30, 2013, "The Advent and Public Policy Implications of Weaponized Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV's)"