Eyes, Ears, And Daggers: Special Operations Forces And The Central Intelligence Agency In America?s Evolving Struggle Agains by Thomas H. HenriksenEyes, Ears, And Daggers: Special Operations Forces And The Central Intelligence Agency In America?s Evolving Struggle Agains by Thomas H. Henriksen

Eyes, Ears, And Daggers: Special Operations Forces And The Central Intelligence Agency In America?s…

byThomas H. Henriksen

Hardcover | October 1, 2016

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Both the Special Operations Forces (SOF) and the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) have served as the nation’s eyes, ears, and daggers, often in close cooperation but occasionally at cross-purposes throughout their histories. In this book, Thomas H. Henriksen examines the warrior-spy connection both before and after the formation of the SOF and the CIA, suggesting that their history is notable for instances of cooperating, competing, circumventing, and even cutting each other out of the action before the 9/11 terrorist attacks brought about their present close alignment. Henriksen shows how, by adopting an intelligence-driven, targeted counterstrike weapon against terrorists, the United States went from a Cold War Goliath to a more nimble force, thanks largely to the SOF and CIA contributions. But their contemporary blending, he suggests, could be just a temporary realignment and that a return to their traditional rivalry is not out of the question. By revisiting and appreciating their respective histories before partnering to combat Islamist terrorism, he provides a clearer understanding of their interaction and offers lessons for the struggle against extremist violence.
Thomas H. Henriksen is a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution, where he focuses on American foreign policy, international political affairs, insurgencies, and counterterrorism. He is a trustee of the George C. Marshall Foundation and has been a member of the President’s Commission on White House Fellowships and the US Army Science B...
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Title:Eyes, Ears, And Daggers: Special Operations Forces And The Central Intelligence Agency In America?s…Format:HardcoverDimensions:222 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.8 inPublished:October 1, 2016Publisher:Hoover Institution PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0817919740

ISBN - 13:9780817919740

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"Eyes, Ears, and Daggers is a primer on what makes our Special Operations Forces so special. Henriksen shows how the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA)'s inability to provide the intelligence essential to the military forces' operation has caused the Pentagon to develop its own intelligence, how the CIA pushed back, and how battlefield necessity has been key to mastering bureaucratic rivalries. This book teaches the cautionary lesson that the skills and bravery of frontline operators are hostage to high officials' proper focus on the mission to be accomplished. It should be read by all who count on our special forces in the fight against terrorism." —Angelo Codevilla, professor emeritus of international relations at Boston University