Drop into baghdad’s green zone, strap on body armor, and take a daily high-speed ride with a doomed crew of security contractors who dodge car bombs and snipers just to get their charges to the airport. With the shocking clarity that can come only from firsthand observation, Licensed to Kill painstakingly deconstructs the most controversial events and introduces the pivotal players.
Licensed to Kill: Privatizing the War on Terror - Most disturbingly, it shows that there are indeed thousands of contractors—with hundreds more being produced every month—who’ve been given a license to kill, their services available to the highest bidder. Share a drink in a chic hotel bar with wealthy owners of private armies who debate the best way to stay alive in war zones.
Licensed to kill spans four continents and three years, taking us inside the cia’s dirty wars; the brutal contractor murders in Fallujah and the Alamo-like sieges in Najaf and Al Kut; the Deep South contractor training camps where ex–Special Operations soldiers and even small town cops learn the ropes; the contractor conventions where macho attendees swap bullet-punctuated tales and discuss upcoming gigs; and the grim Central African prison where contractors turned failed mercenaries pay a steep price.
The united states has encouraged the use of the private sector in all facets of the War on Terror, placing contractors outside the bounds of functional legal constraints.
The Adventurist: My Life in Dangerous PlacesBroadway Books - The adventurist is a real book about the real world, an inspirational read that takes you places you might never willingly go. The adventurist is one man's story, where you have been, a story that will change the way you think about travel, survival, and where you are going. Enter the world of robert young pelton if you dare, and host of his tv series, author of Come Back Alive and The World's Most Dangerous Places required reading at the CIA, adventurer extraordinaire, Robert Young Pelton's The World's Most Dangerous Places.
A breakneck autobiography, memories of the pivotal events, The Adventurist blasts across six continents and spans four decades of hard-core living with its dispatches of mayhem, adventure in exotic locales, survival against formidable odds, and memorable portraits of the people that have shaped Pelton's obsessive spirit.
The Adventurist: My Life in Dangerous Places - Be shelled with the talibs on the front lines of afghanistan; hang out with hit men and rebels in the philippines; survive a plane crash in Borneo; narrowly escape a terrorist bombing in Africa; dance with headhunters in Sarawak; crew with pirates in the Sulu Sea; explore the events that led Pelton to his unusual calling including how he honed his survival skills at "the toughest boys' school in North America"; and, perhaps most important, discover Pelton's secret mission--to understand the hearts and minds of the people he meets.
Hunting the Jackal: A Special Forces and CIA Ground Soldier's Fifty-Year Career Hunting America's EnemiesWilliam Morrow - He trailed osama bin laden in khartoum in the early '90s, and would have killed the terrorist kingpin if his superiors had allowed it. Operating from the darkest shadows and most desolate corners of the world, he made his mark in many of the most important operations in the annals of U. S. For more than half a century, special Forces and CIA legend Billy Waugh dedicated his life to tracking down and eliminating America's most virulent enemies.
Spec Ops. He spent seven and a half years behind enemy lines in Vietnam as a member of a covert group of elite commandos. And at the age of seventy-two, he marched through the frozen high plains of Afghanistan as part of Operation Enduring Freedom. Hunting the jackal is the astonishing true account of the singular career of a courageous soldier in his nation's shadow wars -- including his pivotal role in the previously untold story of the capture of the most infamous and elusive assassin in history, Carlos the Jackal.
Civilian Warriors: The Inside Story of Blackwater and the Unsung Heroes of the War on TerrorPortfolio - His book reads like a thriller but is too improbable to be fiction. He honors our troops while challenging the Pentagon's top leadership. From uninformed news coverage to grossly distorted fictional portrayals, jackbooted thugs, profiteers, Blackwater employees have been smeared as mercenaries, and worse.
. The events leading up to the televised deaths of Blackwater contractors in Fallujah. Above all, prince debunks myths about blackwater that spread while he was forced to remain silent-myths that tarnished the memory of men who gave their lives for their country but never got the recognition they deserved.
Civilian Warriors: The Inside Story of Blackwater and the Unsung Heroes of the War on Terror - Founded by former navy seal erik prince in 1997, it recruited special forces veterans and others with the skills and courage to take on the riskiest security jobs in the world. The actual details of Blackwater's so-called impunity in Iraq. As its reputation grew, government demand for its services escalated, and Blackwater's men eventually completed nearly one hundred thousand missions in Iraq and Afghanistan.
But now he's able to tell the full and often shocking story of Blackwater's rise and fall. But he has done a great public service by setting the record straight. It sounds like a classic startup success story, except for one problem: Blackwater has been demonized around the world. In civilian warriors, Prince pulls no punches and spares no details.
And he reveals why highly efficient private military contractors have been essential to running our armed forces, since long before Blackwater came along.
Zero Footprint: The True Story of a Private Military Contractor¿s Covert Assignments in Syria, Libya, And the World¿s Most Dangerous PlacesMulholland Books - Like author simon chase, many pmcs were once the world's top military operatives, and since retiring from outfits like US Navy SEAL TEAM Six and the UK's Special Boat Service, they have devoted their lives to executing sensitive and hazardous missions overseas. Working at the request of U. S. There are no military honors or benefits.
And british government entities as well as for private clients, he takes on jobs that require "zero footprint, " with no trace of their actions left behind. Chase delivers first-hand accounts of tracking Bin Laden in Afghanistan and being one of the first responders after the attack on the U. S. Chase and the men he works with operate without government backup or air rescue.
Zero Footprint: The True Story of a Private Military Contractor¿s Covert Assignments in Syria, Libya, And the World¿s Most Dangerous Places - Consulate in Benghazi. If they die serving their country--they remain anonymous. National bestseller a dramatic insider account of the world of private military contracting. Armored cars, burner phones, top-notch weaponry and top-secret missions--this is the life of today's private military contractor. Contractors like simon chase are the unsung heroes in the war against terrorism, a strong, but largely invisible force--until now.
We see his teams defuse terrorist bombs, guard dignitaries, and protect convoys traveling through perilous territory--and then there are the really big jobs: top-secret "zero footprint" missions that include searching for High Value Targets and setting up arms shipping networks.
Corporate Warriors: The Rise of the Privatized Military Industry Cornell Studies in Security AffairsCornell University Press - At the same time, however, for ethics, for human rights, for management, Singer finds that the introduction of the profit motive onto the battlefield raises troubling questions-for democracy, and for national security. Their products range from trained commando teams to strategic advice from generals. Singer asks "what about the business executives?" Breaking out of the guns-for-hire mold of traditional mercenaries, corporations now sell skills and services that until recently only state militaries possessed.
This conflict has amply borne out Singer's argument that the privatization of warfare allows startling new capabilities and efficiencies in the ways that war is carried out. W. Some have claimed that "War is too important to be left to the generals, " but P. Military operations. More recently, they have become a key element in U.
Corporate Warriors: The Rise of the Privatized Military Industry Cornell Studies in Security Affairs - S. Whether as proxies or suppliers, such firms have participated in wars in Africa, Asia, the Balkans, and Latin America. Private corporations working for profit now sway the course of national and international conflict, but the consequences have been little explored. In corporate warriors, Singer provides the first account of the military services industry and its broader implications.
Run to the Sound of the Guns: The True Story of an American Ranger at War in Afghanistan and IraqOsprey Publishing - In iraq, hunted iraq's most wanted and experienced brutal street combat, Nicholas participated in the rescue of Private Jessica Lynch, including 160 night-time missions over one 90-day deployment in the insurgent stronghold of Mosul. From frozen mountaintops to dusty city streets and everything in between, Run to the Sound of the Guns is a compelling and deeply personal account of a husband and father who nearly lost his life 'leading the way' in America's secretive global wars.
Nicholas moore served as part of an elite special operations unit at the fighting edge of the Global War on Terrorism. While serving in afghanistan, he was also part of the search and rescue operation for Navy SEAL Marcus Luttrell author of Lone Survivor, and was on the ground again when a Chinook helicopter was shot down resulting in the death of 38 men and one military working dog.
Run to the Sound of the Guns: The True Story of an American Ranger at War in Afghanistan and Iraq - It was the single greatest loss of special operations personnel to date. He served for over a decade with the US Army's 75th Ranger Regiment on the battlefields of Afghanistan and Iraq.
Dagger 22: U.S. Marine Corps Special Operations in Bala Murghab, AfghanistanSt. Martin's Press - No chance of that—this winter would be different. Along with afghan and international security Forces NATO, the Marines of Dagger 22 continued their fight throughout the harsh winter to shape the battlefield before the Afghan ground began to thaw. From one firefight to the next, the noose began to tighten around the village of Daneh Pasab and the Taliban command cell operating there.
The sequel to new york times bestseller level zero heroeslevel zero Heroes, Afghanistan, Michael Golembesky's bestselling account of Marine Special Operations Team 8222 in Bala Murghab, was just the beginning for these now battle-hardened special operations warriors. The unforgiving afghan winter has settled upon the 22 men of Marine Special Operations Team 8222, in the remote and hostile river valley of Bala Murghab, callsign Dagger 22, Afghanistan.
Dagger 22: U.S. Marine Corps Special Operations in Bala Murghab, Afghanistan - . On april 6, 2010, a ground force consisting of U. S. The taliban fighters in the region would have liked nothing more than to once again go dormant and rest until the new spring fighting season began. Army special forces, afghan commandos and marine Corps special operations conducted a night assault to destroy the heavily entrenched Taliban force, breaking their grip on the valley and stopping the spring offensive before it even began.
But nothing in bala murghab comes easily as combat operations wear on the operators of Dagger 22 as they lean on each other once again in order to complete their mission in one of the most brutal environments on earth.
Full Battle Rattle: My Story as the Longest-Serving Special Forces A-Team Soldier in American HistorySt. Martin's Press - Last year he was nominated for induction in Military Intelligence Hall of Fame and cited as “the finest noncommissioned officer to ever serve in Special Forces. His story is an amazing tale of perseverance and courage, of combat and one man’s love of his adopted country. He also happens to be the first Muslim Green Beret.
. Along the way, including the special Forces Legion of Merit, Changiz earned numerous commendations, Purple Hearts, and many others. In operation iraqi freedom, he led a convoy that was ambushed on its way to Fallujah. Changiz served this country starting with operation eagle Claw in 1980, when he entered Tehran on a one-man mission to spy on Iranian soldiers guarding the US Embassy where 52 US diplomats were being held hostage.
Full Battle Rattle: My Story as the Longest-Serving Special Forces A-Team Soldier in American History - He was clearing houses in mogadishu, somalia on october, 1993 when a US Black Hawk helicopter was shot down 50 feet away from him in the incident that inspired Black Hawk Down. Over 100 combat missions, 24 years as a green Beret—Full Battle Rattle tells the legend of a soldier who served America in every war since Vietnam.
Master sergeant changiz lahidji served on Special Forces A teams longer than anyone in history, completing over a hundred combat missions in Afghanistan. In 2002, he dressed as a farmer and snuck into Eastern Afghanistan and located Osama Bin Laden for the CIA. Three years later, he was in beirut, Lebanon when a suicide car bomb exploded in front of the US Embassy killing 83 people.
Changiz is a Special Forces legend.
Killer Elite: Completely Revised and Updated: The Inside Story of America's Most Secret Special Operations Team- . Hidden from the politicians and the government bean counters, the Activity has been carrying out deniable operations, preparing the way for Delta and SEAL Team Six. Now journalist michael Smith gets inside this clandestine military team to expose their explosive history and secrets. The activity, has achieved near-mythical status, " as it became known to insiders, even among the world's Special Operations elite.
He is the award-winning author of numerous bestselling books, including MI6: The Real James Bonds. For the first time ever, the explosive truth behind the world's most secret Special Operations organizationA top-secret U. S. Army special operations unit has been running covert missions all over the world, from leading death squads to the hideout of drug baron Pablo Escobar to capturing Saddam Hussein and, in one of the greatest special operations missions of all time, helping to track down al-Qa'eda leader Osama bin Laden.
Killer Elite: Completely Revised and Updated: The Inside Story of America's Most Secret Special Operations Team - A former member of the british army's intelligence Corps, Smith covered the wars in the Balkans, Afghanistan, and Iraq and has broken a number of important stories. An important primer for anyone hoping to understand the successes and failures of U. S. Smith has spoken to many former members of the Activity and reveals the incredible truth behind the world's most secret Special Operations organization, a unit that is at the forefront of the War on Terror.
An extensively researched and crisply written exposé.
1996-2011 - One Green Beret: Bosnia, Kosovo, Iraq, and beyond: 15 Extraordinary years in the life- These special missions were called “Advanced Force Operations. Subsequently, these special teams brought in the rest of the Green Berets during an operation called "the Ugly Baby. Then, combined with approximately 8000 peshmerga, " where six green beret teams along with a handful of CIA and Air Force Special Ops personnel, one of the most significant battles in Special Forces history occurred: "Operation Viking Hammer, took back hundreds of square kilometers from almost 1000 Ansar Al Islam extremists, and secured a poison production facility of national level significance.
Before the iraq war in 2003, green beret teams infiltrated Northern Iraq, linked up with the CIA, and embedded deeply with the Kurdish Peshmerga to prepare for war. Mark giaconia questions everything, military service, sobering, and provides a VERY humble, and human perspective on war, and strategic considerations.
1996-2011 - One Green Beret: Bosnia, Kosovo, Iraq, and beyond: 15 Extraordinary years in the life - This book is the only firsthand account of these essential Unconventional Warfare operations, written by an operator who was there. In addition to describing these historically significant special operations missions, "One Green Beret" also details a 15-year career in the Green Berets that includes many unique experiences, such as joint operations alongside Russian Spetznaz on the northern border of Kosovo, and postwar operations in Bosnia embedded deeply with the locals.
One green beret is very inspiring, and conveys the author’s personal evolution from gunslinger to educated computer scientist; a true tale of “post traumatic success. ”.