We are too close. We know too much, and when it is time to shoot, we can zoom in until the target fills the screen.
Drones, or remotely piloted aircraft (RPA), are a mysterious and headline-making tool in the military’s counterterrorism arsenal. Hunter Killer puts readers into this secretive world: hunting terrorists from the sky, deploying cutting-edge technology to neutralize threats to national security; but also, sitting in Los Angeles traffic surrounded by civilians on the commute home, the mind still fixed on blown-up images of a target’s charred remains in the dust.
From starting out as one of the first volunteers, to becoming the commander of a squadron and writing the training manual for the entire Predator program, Air Force pilot and former intelligence operator Lt. Col. T. Mark McCurley has helped cement the status of drones as one of the military’s deadliest weapons, with the lowest accident rate in the Air Force.
Hunter Killer is a gripping and extraordinary first-hand account of Predator drones and the war on terror – equal parts techno-thriller, historical account and war memoir.
The Three Battles of Wanat
Ranging from war journalism to crime stories to profiles on influential leaders to pieces on sports, gambling and the impending impact of supercomputers on the practice of medicine, this collection is Bowden at his best.
Pieces that will appear in the collection include, “The Three Battles of Wanat”, which tells the story of a bloody engagement in Afghanistan and the extraordinary years-long fallout within the US military, “The Drone Warrior,” in which Bowden examines the strategic, legal and moral issues surrounding armed drones, and “The Case of the Vanishing Blonde,” which first appeared in Vanity Fair and recounts the chilling story of a woman who went missing from a Florida hotel only to turn up near the Everglades, brutally beaten, raped and still alive.
Also included are profiles on a diverse range of notable and influential people such as Joe Biden, Kim Jong-un, Judy Clarke who is well known for defending America’s worst serial killers and David Simon, the creator of the successful HBO series The Wire.