Killer Elite: America's Most Secret Soldiers (Cassell Military) Paperback – 14 Jul 2011
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"An extensively researched and crisply written expose . . . An important primer for anyone hoping to understand the successes and failures of U.S. intelligence in the last twenty-five years." ---"Publishers Weekly"
"Well written and authoritatively sourced, "Killer Elite" is the first detailed account of a Special Operations unit that Smith regards as America's most effective."---"Sunday Telegraph "(UK)
An extensively researched and crisply written expose . . . An important primer for anyone hoping to understand the successes and failures of U.S. intelligence in the last twenty-five years. "Publishers Weekly"
Well written and authoritatively sourced, "Killer Elite" is the first detailed account of a Special Operations unit that Smith regards as America's most effective. "Sunday Telegraph (UK)"" --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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--Roger Weston, author of The Recruiter
Killer Elite informs readers about how essential these soldiers were- and in doing so helps paint a picture of how future US combat operations will be executed- with the "Killer Elite" at the very tip of the spear. For anyone looking to dive into the world of 21st Century special ops and hostile area intelligence gathering- this is a MUST read.
Most of the content in the book about the ISA "missions" or "successes" are very poor. Instead it focuses on mostly the history of infighting in the Pentagon, or other government agencies like the State Department, or theater commanders, didn't want the ISA to be involved in anything significant. It reads more like a in-depth review of a junior high peer group "so and so doesn't like him, so they passed rumors in the halls of the Pentagon....".
Most of the content of the book that is supposed to be about ISA missions is ridiculous. I was initially excited by the table of contents regarding major incidents like "Black Hawk Down", thinking I'd learn about how the ISA provides useful intel to Delta, DevGRU, or other "shooters". Instead the author skips over any activity/functions of the ISA and simply mentions that because Delta, DevGRU, or even the CIA was deployed the ISA must have been there too. Really? How do we know? What did they do? Is there any evidence of that. In several instances it really just seems that the author is making assumptions, as he often claims that because a group like Delta was deployed, the ISA must have been there as well. He never talks about what they supposedly did (outside of Centra Spike in the hunt for Pablo Escobar which was far more accurately described in the book "Killing Pablo"), how they got intel, how they worked with other Tier 1 organizations, or anything of note that an actual reader who would buy this book is expecting to find out.
Here is all I learned from this book:
-The Pentagon, Joint Chiefs, and State Department don't like the ISA and act like a bunch of insecure adolescents.
-Delta, DevGRU, and the CIA/NSA often get involved in dangerous and risky missions. Because of that, one can infer that the ISA is involved as well. What they did, or how they did it (assuming they were actually involved) is a mystery.