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Sean Naylor Relentless Strike

October 2, 201518 min
ABOUT SEAN NAYLOR, AUTHOR OF RELENTLESS STRIKE In the wake of September 11, 2001, the way the United States’ military fights wars changed forever. There will never be another storming of Normandy; traditional warfare is a thing of the past. Instead, we now enact war through clandestine battles—or special ops missions—on almost a daily basis. These secret missions are carried out by special ops teams under the umbrella of Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC) in some of the most remote corners of the world. And though we’ve all heard of their successes—they captured Saddam Hussein, rescued Captain Phillips, and killed bin Laden and al-Awlaki—the general public doesn’t even know most of these missions are happening, or even that JSOC exists. In RELENTLESS STRIKE: The Secret History of Joint Special Operations Command (St. Martin’s Press; September 1, 2015; $29.99), award-winning defense journalist, and presently intelligence and counterterrorism correspondent for Foreign Policy, Sean N

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