The Command: Deep Inside the President's Secret Army

The Command: Deep Inside the President's Secret Army

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by Marc Ambinder, D. B. Grady
     
 

The U.S. Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC) has proven to be the most lethal weapon in the president's arsenal. Shrouded in secrecy, the Command has done more to degrade the capacity of terrorists to attack the United States than any other single entity. And counter-terrorism is only one of its many missions. Because of such high profile missions as Operation…  See more details below

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The U.S. Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC) has proven to be the most lethal weapon in the president's arsenal. Shrouded in secrecy, the Command has done more to degrade the capacity of terrorists to attack the United States than any other single entity. And counter-terrorism is only one of its many missions. Because of such high profile missions as Operation Neptune's Spear, which resulted in the death of Osama bin Laden, JSOC has attracted the public's attention. But Americans only know a fraction of the real story.

In The Command, Ambinder and Grady provide readers with a concise and comprehensive recent history of the special missions units that comprise the most effective weapon against terrorism ever conceived. For the first time, they reveal JSOC's organizational chart and describe some of the secret technologies and methods that catalyze their intelligence and kinetic activities. They describe how JSOC migrated to the center of U.S. military operations, and how they fused intelligence and operations in such a way that proved crucial to beating back the Iraq insurgency. They also disclose previously unreported instances where JSOC's activities may have skirted the law, and question the ability of Congress to oversee units that, by design, must operate with minimum interference.

With unprecedented access to senior commanders and team leaders, the authors also:

  • Put the bin Laden raid in the larger context of a transformed secret organization at its operational best.
  • Explore other secret missions ordered by the president (and the surprising countries in which JSOC operates).
  • Trace the growth of JSOC's operational and support branches and chronicle the command's mastery of the Washington inter-agency bureaucracy.
  • By Marc Ambinder, a contributing editor at the Atlantic, who has covered politics for CBS News and ABC News, and D.B. Grady, a correspondent for the Atlantic, and former U.S. Army paratrooper and a veteran of Afghanistan.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781118346723
Publisher:
Turner Publishing Company
Publication date:
02/07/2012
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
70
Sales rank:
194,033
File size:
734 KB

Meet the Author

Marc Ambinder is a contributing editor at the Atlantic, a former White House correspondent for National Journal, and has covered politics and policy for CBS News and ABC News.

D.B. Grady is a correspondent for The Atlantic. He is a former U.S.

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The Command: Deep Inside the President's Secret Army 3.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 17 reviews.
BillCA More than 1 year ago
Though somewhat dated, the authors provide valuable insight into the future and the threat confronting the country. Excellent discussions on our special forces organizations. Good read. Recommended.
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A well balanced and nuanced overview of JSOC's successes and failures. Presents the reader with a fair perspective of the command's activities since 9/11. Essential to those who want to understand how fusion of intelligence and direct action has fueled our counterterror program.
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rj2063 More than 1 year ago
I love it . it is a great book.
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DerekLincolnJohns More than 1 year ago
Created out of chaos, the Joint Special Operations Command has our back. Knowing that these teams exist might provide a little more sleep at night, to the reader. Derek Lincoln Johns http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=io5tkUf9qIs&feature=relmfu
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This was an interesting look at the evolution of Seal Team 6, showing the failures along the way, and the fixes to make it what it is today. This is an easy to read book, that doesn't take long to read since it is less than 80 pages.