US Special Operations Forces in Action: The Challenge of Unconventional Warfare / Edition 1

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Armies in the 1990s are commonly involved in low-level, ill-defined, politically charged, messy situations known collectively as "unconventional warfare". Thomas Adams argues for a shift in expectations with a greater willingness to accept lengthy commitments and incremental progress.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780714643502
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 6/28/1998
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 400
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 1.20 (d)

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RUSI - October 1998 - Reviewed By Robin Neillands

"Whether the big SOF battalions of the United States are right for such delicate tasks is just one of the questions put forward in this interesting book, which deserves a wide readership among the political and intelligence communities, as well as in the military world."

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"A revealing, entertaining, hard-headed look at Special Operations"

"This is probably the best book of its type available to the general public".

Parameters - Winter 1998 - see file

"Adams sets out to examine the more important issues of whether today"s Army Special Operations Forces are really "special" or whether they perform unusual or unconventional missions at a much higher level of proficency than others in the Army,"

Military Review- " This thought-provoking book should be required reading for anyone associated with SOF"-

Small Wars and Insurgencies, Vol. 10, No. 1, Spring 99

" important book, an interesting book, a "good read" and an exasperating book... Deserves a place of honour on the bookshelf of all who would know what special operations are about. More important, it deserves to be read."

Low Intensity Conflict and Law Enforcement, Vol 7, No 2, Autumn 98

"This is a book that does several things well ... The author"s operational experience, scholarly approach, and intellectual honesty combine to provide an excellent beginning point from which to reinitiate the process of rethinking the problem of military force size, structure, and purpose(s).

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 24, 2002

    A Very Worthwhile Book

    I first encountered this book in 1999 at Fort Bragg where it is on the professional reading list for special operations officers. I bought my own copy but it finally wore out from being passed hand-to-hand among my friends at Bragg. Fortunately the publisher re-issued it this year and I was able to get a new copy. I am only disappointed that it wasn't updated in the meantime.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 10, 2001

    A First Rate Job

    I was pretty impressed with this book. It goes beyond the usual collection of war stories and discusses the underlying philosophy and purposes of Army Special Forces and other special operations units. It may not be for everyone, but I especially enjoyed the story of the behind-the-scenes battles in Washington over the 'revitalization' of special operations. But, for people who want war stories, it has those too.

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