On 9/11 the U.S. had effectively no counterterrorism doctrine. Fast forward ten years: Osama bin Laden is dead; al Qaeda is organizationally ruined and pinned in the tribal areas of Pakistan and Afghanistan; there has been no major attack on American soil; and while there has been at least one instance of a massive planned attack, it was crushed by the greatest international collaboration of intelligence services seen since the end of the Cold War. It's been a remarkable transformation.
Aki Peritz and Eric Rosenbach have experienced first-hand the monumental strategy changes in our country's counterterrorism strategy within the intelligence, defense, and political communities. In this book, they show how America learned to be very good at taking on the terrorists, often one at a time, in ever more lethally incisive operations. They offer new details behind some headlines from the last decade. They are frank about the mistakes that have been made. And they explain how a concept coined by General Grant during the Civil War has been reinvented in the age of satellite technology to manage a globally distributed foe, allowing the U.S. to find, fix, and finish its enemies.
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About the Author
Aki Peritz is the senior national security advisor to the Third Way think tank. He has authored or coauthored with Eric Rosenbach various publications on a wide range of national security issues at Harvard's Belfer Center. He worked for several years at the CIA's Counterterrorism Center. In 20062007, he served in Iraq.
Eric Rosenbach currently serves as Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense. He has taught courses on counterterrorism policy at the Harvard Kennedy School, and served as a professional staff member on the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, where he led oversight of U.S. counterterrorism programs.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1 Fire from the Sky: The Find-Fix-Finish Doctrine in Action 1
Chapter 2 Atrophy: National Security Before 9/11 13
Chapter 3 The Search for Mr. #3 35
Chapter 4 The Finishing Never Ends: How Far Will America Go? 57
Chapter 5 Interrogations, Intelligence, and War 79
Chapter 6 Counterterrorism in a War Zone 107
Chapter 7 Bojinka Redux: The Need for Good International Cop Work 135
Chapter 8 An Increasing Preference for Lethal Ends 149
Chapter 9 The Enemy Within 167
Chapter 10 America's Future: Shadow Wars in Yemen and Somalia 185
Chapter 11 Geronimo 207
Chapter 12 To Thine Own Self Be True 219