With the planned withdrawal of US troops from Iraq and Afghanistan, the longest conflicts in our nation's history were supposed to end. Read more...
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With the planned withdrawal of US troops from Iraq and Afghanistan, the longest conflicts in our nation's history were supposed to end. Yet we remain at war against expanding terrorist movements, and our security forces have had to continually adapt to a nihilistic foe that operates in the shadows.
The result of fifteen years of reporting, Twilight Warriors is the untold story of the tight-knit brotherhood that changed the way America fights. James Kitfield reveals how brilliant innovators in the US military, Special Forces, and the intelligence and law enforcement communities forged close operational bonds in the crucibles of Iraq and Afghanistan, breaking down institutional barriers to create a relentless, intelligence-driven style of operations. At the forefront of this profound shift were Stanley McChrystal and his interagency team at Joint Special Operations Command, the pioneers behind a hybrid method of warfighting: find, fix, finish, exploit, and analyze. Other key figures include Michael Flynn, the visionary who redefined the intelligence gathering mission; the FBI's Brian McCauley, who used serial-killer profilers to track suicide bombers in Afghanistan; and the Delta Force commander Scott Miller, responsible for making team players out of the US military's most elite and secretive counterterrorism units.
The result of their collaborations is a globe-spanning network that is elegant in its simplicity and terrifying in its lethality. As Kitfield argues, this style of operations represents our best hope for defending the nation in an age of asymmetric warfare. Twilight Warriors is an unprecedented account of the American way of war-and the iconoclasts who have brought it into the twenty-first century.
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2016-09-12
- Reviewer: Staff
Kitfield (War and Destiny), a senior fellow at the Center for the Study of the Presidency and Congress, analyzes the cadre of leaders that came of age during the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, asserting that the U.S. national security apparatus has developed a new and devastatingly effective approach to war. This new approach is based on the F3EA techniques pioneered by generals Stanley McChrystal and Mike Flynn in Iraq: find, fix, finish, exploit, and analyze. Kitfields well-researched argument, based on interviews and personal experience, describes the professional development and interaction of these and other innovators as they come to occupy some of the highest positions in the national security structure. A new cooperative interagency culture is a hallmark of the tactics employed globally as the centerpiece of U.S. counterterrorism strategy. Kitfield acknowledges that the F3EA tactic is not a war winner, but rather provides time for other more deliberate and traditional nation-building strategies to win. He also includes in his analysis the rise of ISIS in Syria and Iraq, European immigration issues, and the recent Paris (2015) and Brussels (2016) terrorist attacks. Kitfields insightful and timely work highlights the gaps between policy makers and military brass. Agent: Andrew Stuart, Stuart Agency. (Nov.)