Dawn of the Intercontinental Sniper: The Drone’s Cascading Contribution to the Modern Battlefield’s Complexity


Stephen L. Schooner and Nathaniel E. Castellano review Richard Whittle’s Predator: The Secret Origins of the Drone Revolution. The authors highlight the cast of quirky characters that drive the narrative element of Whittle’s book while recounting the ethical dilemmas, national security issues, and bureaucratic challenges that attend one of the nation’s most successful weapons development programs. The authors conclude with an enthusiastic endorsement of the book regardless of the reader’s expertise in military affairs.

By Steven L. Schooner

Steven L. Schooner is the Nash & Cibinic Professor of Government Procurement Law at the George Washington University Law School. Professor Schooner previously served as the Associate Administrator for Procurement Law and Legislation in the Office of Federal Procurement Policy, as a trial attorney at the Department of Justice, and as an Army Judge Advocate. Schooner gratefully acknowledges Seymour Herman for his continued support of government procurement law research at the George Washington University Law School.

By Nathaniel Castellano

Nathaniel E. Castellano is a graduate of the George Washington University Law School, a Murray J. Schooner Government Procurement Scholar, and a member of the George Washington Law Review.

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