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A brief discussion about the decisionmaking structure of U.S. land forces. The most remarkable examination of this topic is Sean Naylor's recent book on Operation Anaconda, an American effort in 2002 to trap and destroy a force of hundreds of al Qaeda warriors in a valley in Afghanistan. Naylor's book, Not a Good Day to Die, is far too detailed to come close to summarizing here. But two themes reappear throughout Naylor's narrative.
First, the American military has grown higher headquarters like weeds in rich soil. Meetings over Operation Anaconda, a single operation planned for three days and thought to be aimed against 200 enemy, involved absurd numbers of competing organizations -- and, therefore, competing operational styles and agendas. Here's a typical laundry list for a single meeting: "Representatives from K-Bar, the CIA, Task Force 11, CFLCC, the Coalition and Joint Civil-Military Operations Task Force, and Task Force Rakkasan had been invited." And this list is hardly a complete reflection of all the different headquarters involved in Anaconda.Read more ›
The author covers the planning for Anaconda, the infighting among different organizations, and the significant impact the Secretary of Defense's office had as the numbers of conventional forces were limited due to political considerations. Special operators, generals, infantrymen, apache gunship pilots, all have their voices heard. What happens when plans fall apart and soldiers have to pick up the pieces? It's all in here.
This is the best account of the Army post 9/11 that has been written, and it is highly unlikely you'll find one better anytime soon. A must read. If you have any interest in the military or national security, pick this up.
One thing that stuck out was how LONG the prep work for the operation took. The book starts off "in the first weeks of January." The operation kicked off on 2 March. That seems like a long time to this untrained observer.
I did like hearing about the local Delta operator and how he planned and ran the three recce teams. He was bold and daring.
Things start picking up during the second section, "Reaction to Contact." As the first troopers hit the ground, the author reeled me in with vivid details of landscape, battles, and the troopers. The insider report of the friendly-fire incidents boiled my blood. When the author talks about the Afghan trucks driving across the mountainside in the dark and WITHOUT lights, I was shocked. Descriptions of the landscape are detailed. At one point, I lost track of all the different units moving around.
The third section is the climax. It deals with the battle on Takur Ghar. That was the payoff. Once I reached that section, I couldn't put the book down. When the SEAL commander sent the first helo to an LZ on TOP of the mountain, I was stunned.Read more ›
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Great book! Really gives an insight into the complexities of today's battlefield tactics and intelligence planning.Published 26 days ago by B MARTIN
Amazing how we still make errors in warfare!
How egos cause death
I read the other reviews and saw whew the booked stalled for awhile before it got good. I think the author did a great job laying out all of the details before Operation Anaconda... Read morePublished 2 months ago by T. Cox
This was a really well-written and researched book on one of the biggest military operations of the war in Afghanistan. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
Very detailed account of the op with the front end context of decision making.Published 3 months ago by Ron
I think, although I gave it 'four stars', that Naylor should get five stars SIMPLY for trying to sort out the 'confusion' and 'chaos' of a military operation in modern times. Read morePublished 3 months ago by RoamingDoc
Very good account of how and why the most advanced technology in the world will never win a land war in East Asia. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Erieviewer