Book Reviews: Manhunting - Reversing the Polarity of Warfare by George A. Crawford
|5 stars, 2 reviews|
Author: George A. Crawford
How They Nailed Osama Bin LadinI was awestruck to see this book was published three years before the SEALs nailed Osama bin Laden... because it provided the blueprint for how to do it. Drawing the reader in with a compelling short story, the author, a retired military veteran, condenses 4000 years of military history into as many chapters. Manhunting clearly shows how military capabilities have evolved to the point where it is no longer necessary to kill thousands of poor soldiers to win a conflict. Instead of slaughtering millions, the modern U.S. military can cut out the cancer, pursuing and bringing to justice the terrorists, arms merchants, hostage takers or narco-nuts who threaten civilized society. The last half of the book provides a plan to put this capability into place. The book is a quick read, well-written, and changed the way I looked at military history. I recommend it for anyone who seriously studies national security or history... it will be a book you crack open again and again!
Asymmetric WarfareFinally! Someone has proposed a cost-effective means to win the war against violent extremist organizations. We build tanks to fight tanks, ships to fight ships. So why not create small, specialized "hunter teams" to pursue individual terrorists and disrupt their networks? This is the first time I've read such an elegant solution for such a complex problem.
This book should be on the recommended reading list for every military academy and national security program in the West. I bought a dozen copies for my classroom, and will add it to the textbook list for my students. Outstanding treatise on how to combat non-state actors in the coming century.
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