- Paperback: 285 pages
- Publisher: Charlie Foxtrot Books; 1st edition (September 30, 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1497643988
- ISBN-13: 978-1497643987
- Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.7 x 8 inches
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- Average Customer Review: 177 customer reviews
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The Bremer Detail: Protecting the Most Threatened Man in the World Paperback – September 30, 2014
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I found 3 parts the most interesting: firstly how scarce western women comported themselves among admiring crowds of alpha-males, and secondly his constant struggles with both prima-donna Spec Ops contractors and Blackwater HQ. At least a few spec op guys are a bunch of babies, even if they can kick your ass. The backbiting and second-guessing from Blackwater HQ in Virginia was surprising. Those flunkies came close to killing the goose that laid the golden egg (Gallagher's Bremer detail). Lastly, he had severe staffing problems (constant rotations, poaching of top personnel, and bodyguards who should have never been hired). It was his big and constant problem, and I felt his pain, but it wasn't very exciting. PS. Mr Bremer was clearly a brave, patient and hard-working diplomat.
I had previously read Erick Prince's book on Blackwater, written from the top of the pyramid. It was a great read and filled with a lot of strategic vision and also day to day details.
Gallagher's account begins with his decision after 9-11 to put his USMC sniper experience to work on behalf of the nation. After some testing/training he is shipped off to Iraq to help with security . Before long he is in charge of the Bremmer Detail , those responsible for protecting the senior US official in Iraq who for all practical purposes is acting as the president/emperor of the country.
It's a story of how great people succeed despite their company leadership at times and the attempts of others to disrupt their world with everything from huge roadside bombs to sharpened political knives of bureaucratic operators and politics within his team.
From Gallagher's world it seems like Blackwater takes forever to get their Little Bird helicopters and pilots deployed, From Blackwater's headquarters there the feeling they have accomplished the near impossible in a brief period. A civilian firm is operating the same helicopter that the US special forces use for support.
In a normal corporation the isolation of headquarters from ground reality is an annoyance and occasionally costs a million or two. Out in the field the lack of situational awareness is a matter of life and death.
Gallagher is no cowboy. He takes great pride in the fact that despite many attacks their client Paul Bremer survived, none of his guys were wounded and they never fired a shot at the Iraqi citizens or military. He brings a lot of color to the story including the legendary parties between the blackwater bremmer detail and the few females in the green zone.
While there were problems with Blackwater US staff, Prince was there to call Bremer after he disobeyed orders and went to the aid of another group of Blackwater employees who were surrounded at an outlying location. His helos (with him along ) delivered the critically needed ammunition and shooters into the firefight and turned the tide.
He is frank in his disdain for some of the other Blackwater operations in Iraq that did not meet his standards.
He does not delve into the subject but there is a strong feeling inside and outside the government that had Blackwater been responsible for the security of the ambassador Benghazi would never have occurred, that we would not have abandoned our personnel while they were under attack and failed to deliver the truth to the American public.
Overall it is a great read. Highly recommended