Find, Fix, Finish: Inside the Counterterrorism Campaigns that Killed bin Laden and Devastated Al Qaeda

Find, Fix, Finish: Inside the Counterterrorism Campaigns that Killed bin Laden and Devastated Al Qaeda

by Aki Peritz, Eric Rosenbach

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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781610392389
Publisher: PublicAffairs
Publication date: 10/08/2013
Edition description: First Trade Paper Edition
Pages: 320
Product dimensions: 5.60(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.90(d)

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 2006-2007, 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

Preface ix

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

Acknowledgments 239

Appendices 241

Notes 253

Index 297

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