《New Book Condition + Hardcover Edition + Traces History of US Elite Counter-Terrorism Unit & It's Secret Missions Tactics》Sean Naylor - RELENTLESS STRIKE : The Secret History of Joint Special Operations Command
This New York Times Bestseller and Winner of the 2015 Army Historical Foundation Distinguished Writing Award for Unit History in hardcover edition is a bran-new book and nicely wrapped with protective book-wrapper. The original new book is sold at usual price RM129.11 (Hardcover). Now here Only at RM26. Since the attacks of September 11, one organization has been at the forefront of America's military response. Its efforts turned the tide against al-Qaida in Iraq, killed Bin Laden and Zarqawi, rescued Captain Phillips and captured Saddam Hussein. Its commander can direct cruise missile strikes from nuclear submarines and conduct special operations raids anywhere in the world. Relentless Strike tells the inside story of Joint Special Operations Command, the secret military organization that during the past decade has revolutionized counterterrorism, seamlessly fusing intelligence and operational skills to conduct missions that hit the headlines, and those that have remained in the shadows-until now. Because JSOC includes the military's most storied special operations units-Delta Force, SEAL Team 6, the 75th Ranger Regiment-as well as America's most secret aviation and intelligence units, this is their story, too. Relentless Strike reveals tension-drenched meetings in war rooms from the Pentagon to Iraq and special operations battles from the cabin of an MH-60 Black Hawk to the driver's seat of Delta Force's Pinzgauer vehicles as they approach their targets. Through exclusive interviews, reporter Sean Naylor uses his unique access to reveal how an organization designed in the 1980s for a very limited mission set transformed itself after 9/11 to become the military's premier weapon in the war against terrorism and how it continues to evolve today. An interesting, readable and well-researched history of JSOC (Joint Special Operations Command) that will definitely appeal to those interested in the subject. Naylor does his best to detail JSOC’s rise, and he describes all of its publicly known missions---the focus, however, is on its role in the war on terror. Given that much, if not most of JSOC’s operations are classified and every aspect of it is cloaked in at least some layer of secrecy; many of Naylor’s sources are anonymous, although of course he does rely on published memoirs and official sources. Naylor’s style is readable and engaging, and he makes sure to include some of JSOC’s more controversial aspects. In all, it does seem like Naylor exercised all of the rigor that is possible given the secrecy around JSOC, but at the same time he comes off as neither too critical or too gushing. Naylor shows how JSOC evolved from a small organization with a limited mission and low profile to a far more prominent one with a more sweeping mission, and how JSOC was repeatedly handed missions that it was not always necessarily suited for. Originally, JSOC (as well as Delta Force and SEAL Team Six) were developed as primarily counter-terrorist organizations, with the main concern always being something akin to a plane or ship hijacking (missions that, ironically, neither unit has ever carried out). In the aftermath of 9/11, JSOC received a massive infusion in budgets, personnel, and missions, as well as a somewhat higher public profile. Because the command was so central to the effort against al-Qaeda and its affiliates, because the information age caught up to it, and because so many of its operations were fairly high-profile, JSOC has received an unusual amount of attention in recent years. Achieving some sort of balance has proven difficult; making JSOC a central component, while understandable and even defensible given these operators’ capabilities, cannot be done without an increase in public exposure, a dilemma that must be frustrating for both JSOC and the media. Naylor has also dug up a surprising number of previously unknown tidbits, such as JSOC’s use of what are basically IEDs in Iraq, the extent of its operations in Syria during the war in Iraq, and others. According to Naylor, when Anwar al-Awlaki was targeted by American drones, the CIA had actually succeeded in rigging his car with a camera. The most obvious concern about Naylor’s book is the amount of detail: the access and the details he discloses seem unusual given JSOC’s inherent secrecy, and throughout reading the narrative you can’t help but wonder who Naylor talked to and why. Naylor has claimed not to have revealed any classified information in the book; upon actually reading it, this seems preposterous. Naylor writes that he did not disclose any information that would put individuals at risk; however, he often discloses the names of various personnel; the sources for these names, according to the endnotes, are often anonymous. This book, the first full-length history of JSOC, has drawn the attention of senior U.S. military officials, and prompted U.S. Special Operations Command (SOCOM) to issue a reminder to its members that they are bound by non-disclosure agreements, said Army Lt. Col. Robert Bockholt, a command spokesman. Naylor said Monday that he sought assistance from SOCOM for the work, and it was declined. About the Author SEAN NAYLOR is the author of Relentless Strike. An award-winning defense journalist, he is the only reporter who focused on U.S. special ops forces as an exclusive beat for Army Times and he has consistently broken news on JSOC operations since 9/11. He has reported on military operations from Somalia to the Balkans to Afghanistan and Iraq. He writes for Foreign Policy and contributes to the New York Times. He has earned the White House Correspondents' Association's prestigious Edgar A. Poe Award for his coverage of Operation Anaconda, which led to his New York Times bestselling book about the operation, Not a Good Day to Die. He contributed to the explosive New York Times investigative piece "SEAL Team 6: A Secret History of Quiet Killings and Blurred Lines".
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