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The first ever, first-person story of America's private, paramilitary contractors at work around the world-from a man who performed these missions himself and has decades of stories to tell. This is a fascinating tale-and potentially the first-to describe the work of American contractors, men who run highly dangerous missions deep inside foreign countries on the brink of war. It will lift the veil and detail the ultimate danger and risk of paramilitary operations (both officially government-sanctioned and not) and show us in very intimate terms exactly what private soldiers do when the government can't act or take public responsibility. GRAY WORK combines covert military intelligence with boots-on-the-ground realism, following Jamie Smith through his CIA training and work as a spy in the State Department, to his co-founding of Blackwater following 9/11, to his decision to leave that company. As the founder and director of Blackwater Security, Smith's initial vision has undeniably shaped and transformed a decade of war. He argues that this gray area-and its warriors who occupy the controversial space between public and private-has become an indispensable element of the modern battlefield.
|Edition description:||Large Print|
|Product dimensions:||5.90(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.60(d)|
About the Author
Jamie Smith served in the CIA before becoming the founding director of Blackwater Security. After earning a graduate degree, he went on to postgraduate studies at Boston University. In 2002, he started his own defense contracting company and has planned, led, and executed missions throughout the world from Africa to Asia and the Middle East.
Table of Contents
I The Rise of the Rebels
Chapter 1 Libya 27
Chapter 2 Meeting Ambassadors 43
Chapter 3 Cairo 73
Chapter 4 Travel to Benghazi 92
Chapter 5 Meeting the Rebels 104
Chapter 6 How Much Is This Going to Cost Us? 121
Chapter 7 Spying on the State Department? 129
Chapter 8 Escaping Saddam 153
Chapter 9 Plan B 167
Chapter 10 To the Shores of Tripoli 196
II The Fall of a Dictator
Chapter 11 Inside the Militia 207
Chapter 12 Shoot 'Em in the Teeth While They Sleep 242
Chapter 13 Building a Spy: The Foundations 267
Chapter 14 The Battle for Sirte 299
Chapter 15 Dogs, Cans, and Dead Snipers 316
Chapter 16 Creating an Operator 328
Chapter 17 Old Meat in the Locker 359
Chapter 18 Blackwater 371
Chapter 19 Going to War 400
Chapter 20 Eight Miles to Go 429
Chapter 21 "Loading!" 468
Chapter 22 Bad Contractors 484
IV Syria, Iran, Mali
Chapter 23 The Iranian Operation 503
Chapter 24 Rendition 546
Chapter 25 Syria 564
Chapter 26 Targeted Killing 604
Chapter 27 MANPAD + Bad Guy + Jet = Bad Day 616