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New book offers intimate view of U.S. Special Ops in Afghanistan

"One Hundred Victories: Special Ops and the Future of American Warfare"
"One Hundred Victories: Special Ops and the Future of American Warfare"

The Pentagon’s deployment of Special Operations Forces in Afghanistan is the longest campaign for the SOF since Vietnam. Its role is a single but significant part of the counterinsurgency efforts that followed coalition forces’ invasion of Afghanistan after the attacks of September 11, 2001.

The Pentagon’s deployment of Special Operations Forces in Afghanistan is the longest campaign for the SOF since Vietnam. Its role is a single but significant part of the counterinsurgency efforts that followed coalition forces’ invasion of Afghanistan after the attacks of September 11, 2001.

To assess how SOF works apart from conventional force, but to the same ends, international policy analyst Linda Robinson spent time with Special Ops teams through the country. Her new book introduces military men in intensive combat operations who must often rely on soft tactics attempt to win “hearts and minds” of locals. Robinson argues SOF are the go-to forces for the US military.

How is the Defense Department able to rely on such targeted, small and nimble teams? How much are they aided by controversial drone strikes? How successful have they really been in Afghanistan? How much do they work with efforts of the State Department in building infrastructure for the embattled region?

Guest:

Linda Robinson, Author, “One Hundred Victories: Special Ops and the Future of American Warfare” (PublicAffairs, October 2013); Robinson is a Senior International Policy Analyst at RAND. Her previous books include the New York Times Bestseller, “Masters of Chaos”

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