Relentless strike : the secret history of Joint Special Operations Command / Sean Naylor.

Naylor, Sean.
New York : St. Martin's Press, 2015.
xiii, 540 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color), maps ; 25 cm
First edition.

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Relentless strike, the secret history of JSOC
Secret history of Joint Special Operations Command
United States. Joint Special Operations Command -- History.
Special operations (Military science) -- United States -- History.
Terrorism -- United States -- Prevention -- History.
United States -- History, Military -- 21st century.
"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 famous and infamous missions. 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.For the very first time, 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 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"-- Provided by publisher.
The Ferrari in the garage. A phoenix rises ; JSOC gets its feet wet ; Frustration in the Middle East ; Payoff in Panama ; Manhunts, motorboats, and Mogadishu ; Forging bonds in the Balkans ; Loose nukes and missed opportunities
A new era dawns. "Fairly ponderous and enormously heavy" ; Risky missions and empty targets ; "Carte blanche" ; Precious cargo ; Rumsfeld falls for JSOC ; Bin Laden slips away ; "Patton's three principles of war"
Building the machine. Invasion ; The deck of cards ; Building a network ; "JSOC on steroids" ; Snake eyes ; Killing Zarqawi ; A new campaign against an old enemy
A global campaign. Close target reconnaissance in Syria ; Back to Mogadishu ; Victory in Mosul? ; Rangers step up in Afghanistan ; Hit and miss in Pakistan ; A reckoning in Abbottabad ; Successes, and a failure ; Extortion ; Old enemies, new challenges.
Includes bibliographical references (pages 503-515) and index.
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