The Command: Deep Inside the President's Secret Army [NOOK Book]

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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 ...
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Overview

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: 2/7/2012
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 70
  • Sales rank: 124,475
  • File size: 717 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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Table of Contents

Chapter 1: The Tip of the Spear

Chapter 2: Doers, Not Teachers

Chapter 3: Interrogations and Intelligence

Chapter 4: Find, Fix, and Finish

Chapter 5: The Tools for the Job

Chapter 6: A Known Unknown

Chapter 7: When You See the Word National, You Know It Is Important

Chapter 8: The Activity

Chapter 9: Semper ad Meliora

Chapter 10: Widening the Playing Field

Chapter 11: Target: Africa

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  • Posted April 28, 2012

    Very interesting read. Recommended.

    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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    Posted February 8, 2013

    Excellent read

    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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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 28, 2012

    Interesting Reading

    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.

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  • Posted April 28, 2012

    great book hits the spot

    I love it . it is a great book.

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