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Understanding Terrorist Innovation

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According to President Bush, ôthe American people are saferö as a result of invading Iraq. True, Saddam Hussein has been removed from power. But al Qaeda, the group that planned and carried out the attacks on September 11, remains at large. Meanwhile, the White House has conceded that Saddam Hussein had nothing to do with the attacks.­Charles Pe?­a argues that the war in Iraq is but one misstep in the Bush administrationÆs ôglobal war on terror.­ö Terrorism is simply a tactic, however, not an enemy. Trying to eradicate it is a quixotic quest that does not focus on those responsible for 9/11. Instead, the national security strategy should consist of three central elements: establishing homeland security against further attacks; dismantling the al Qaeda terrorist network; and enacting a foreign policy that does not attract new al Qaeda terrorists.­This approach requires restructuring U.­S. forces and ending Cold Warûera commitments that distract from the current, pressing threat. It . . .

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Anthony Burke offers a ground breaking analysis of the historical roots of sovereignty and security, his critique of just war theory, and important new essays on strategy, the concept of freedom and US exceptionalism.

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Strategic bombardments, either aimed explicitly at civilians or deployed in circumstances where extensive civilian deaths are written off as collateral damage or accidental, are becoming increasingly common. This book shows how certain European colonial powers, notably Britain, initiated aerial bombardment of civilians after World War I, how it was an instrument of choice in World War II, and how it has since been refined and practised by the US in Korea, Vietnam, the Balkans, Afghanistan and Iraq. It exposes the rationalizations put forward to avoid the label of state terrorism, the race, gender and class biases used to justify bombing other people and the dirty secret about the so-­called clean use of air power. It argues that if terrorism is to be diminished, the role of aerial bombing in sustaining global violence must be recognized and confronted.

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"Raw, direct, and powerful...­This work is vitally important.­" -­Ken Stern, former CEO of National Public Radio Benjamin Tupper takes us inside the intricacies of the war, opening up a unique and multifaceted view of Afghan culture and warfare, and illuminates the challenges of the war, vividly bringing to life both the mundane and the extraordinary and the search for a way forward.

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- Introduction from SAS and Gulf War hero Andy McNab DCM MM - The 1882 edition of The Art of War - Preface by Niccolò Machiavelli - Translated from Italian by Christian E Detmold - Bonus material: Introduction by Henry Cust, MP - Complete with all the original illustrations - Beautifully formatted in this Apostrophe Books edition The Art of War sees political and military theory brought together by one of the subjects’ greatest minds. This renowned work by Niccolò Machiavelli (1469-­1527) has been pored over by the likes of Napoleon and Frederick the Great, and remains one of the most important works on conflict today. “To know how to recognise an opportunity in war, and take it, benefits you more than anything else,­” he wrote. “Nature creates few men brave; industry and training makes many.­” The masterpiece is presented in this beautifully-­produced Apostrophe Books edition with an introduction by Gulf War legend and bestselling author Andy McNab – the British Army’s most highly . . .

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From the development of the U-­2 to the Stealth fighter, the never-­before-­told story behind America's high-­stakes quest to dominate the skies Skunk Works is the true story of America's most secret and successful aerospace operation. As recounted by Ben Rich, the operation's brilliant boss for nearly two decades, the chronicle of Lockheed's legendary Skunk Works is a drama of cold war confrontations and Gulf War air combat, of extraordinary feats of engineering and human achievement against fantastic odds. Here are up-­close portraits of the maverick band of scientists and engineers who made the Skunk Works so renowned. Filled with telling personal anecdotes and high adventure, with narratives from the CIA and from Air Force pilots who flew the many classified, risky missions, this book is a riveting portrait of the most spectacular aviation triumphs of the twentieth century.

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An examination of the difficulties faced by the Russian military in planningand carrying out urban operations in Chechnya.­Russian and rebel military forces fought to control the Chechen city ofGrozny in the winters of 1994-­1995 and 1999-­2000, as well as clashing insmaller towns and villages. The author examines both Russian and rebeltactics and operations in those battles, focusing on how and why thecombatants' approaches changed over time. The study concludes that whilethe Russian military was able to significantly improve its ability to carryout a number of key tasks in the five-­year interval between the wars, otherimportant missions--­particularly in the urban realm--­were ignored, largelyin the belief that the urban mission could be avoided. This consciousdecision not to prepare for a most stressful battlefield met withdevastating results, a lesson the United States would be well served tostudy.

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The declaration of the People’s Republic of China in October 1949 presented American foreign policy officials with two dilemmas: how to deal with the communist government on the mainland and what to do about Chiang Kai-­shek’s holdout Nationalist regime on Taiwan. By early 1950 these questions were pressing hard upon U.­S. civilian and military planners and policy makers, for it appeared that the Red Army was preparing to invade the island. Most observers believed that nothing short of American military intervention would preclude a communist victory on Taiwan. How U.­S. officials grappled with the question of what to do about Taiwan is at the heart of this study.­Prior to the publication of this book, much of the historical literature on this critical period in U.­S. policy toward China concentrated on the question of relations with the new regime in Beijing. A focus on those debates has largely overshadowed the concomitant policy debates that centered around the question of how to . . .

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She was beautiful. She was ruthless. She had a steel trap for a mind and a will of iron. Born Vera Maria Rosenberg in Bucharest, she became Vera Atkins, legendary spy and holder of the Legion of Honor. Recruited by William Stevenson-­the spymaster who would later come to be known as “Intrepid”-­when she was only twenty-­three, Vera spent much of the 1930s running countless perilous espionage missions. When war was declared in 1939, her fierce intelligence, blunt manner, personal courage, and knowledge of several languages quickly propelled her to the leadership echelon of the highly secretive Special Operations Executive (SOE), a covert intelligence agency formed by, and reporting to, Winston Churchill. She recruited and trained several hundred agents, including dozens of women, whose objectives were to penetrate deep behind enemy lines.­The stirring exploits and the exemplary courage of the SOE agents and the French Resistance fighters-­who in the words of General Dwight D. . . .

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