Not Really KILLER Elites... But Bad A$$ None The Less!
This book "Killer Elite: The Inside Story of America's Most Secret Special Operations Team" by Michael Smith is a historical and developmental look at the United States Army Intelligence Support Activity (USAISA), frequently shortened to Intelligence Support Activity or ISA, and nicknamed the "Activity." This Special Mission Unit is a Tier-One United States Army Special Operations organization originally subordinated to the US Army Intelligence and Security Command. It is tasked to collect actionable intelligence in advance of missions by other US special operations forces, especially the Army 1st Special Forces Operational Detachment-DELTA (aka Delta Force) and Navy Developmental Group (aka SEAL Team Six) in counter-terrorist operations.
Besides the hideous cover using "stock" photography that really has nothing to do with the Activity and the flashy and over-the-top title, this book is superb and should not distract buys! As for the content this book covers a lot of information previously not available or accessible under one cover. The book covers the history, development, establishment, training and operations conducted by this elite group of shadow warriors. This is one of the only detailed accounts of this unit I know of cover many various aspects of this units history.
A side note for all the readers that are not familiar with the Activity and other American Special Mission Units. When the US decided to create Delta Force they knew they wanted the same capability as the elite British 22 Special Air Service (SAS) so they simply copied the concept of the unit for Delta. The British in return copied one from the American play book, by copying the formation of the Activity with the establishment of a "mirror" unit called the 14 Field Security and Intelligence Company (also known as "The Det") which operated undercover in Northern Ireland from the 1970s onwards. The Det was later expanded to what is now the Special Reconnaissance Regiment (SRR) which is a Special Forces unit of the British Armed Forces. It was established on 6 April 2005 and is part of the United Kingdom Special Forces and severs side-by-side with the SAS and Special Boat Service (SBS) with a worldwide capability like the Activity.
Overall, I highly recommend this book to anyone with an interest in intelligence operation and special warfare.