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The Resource Oppose any foe : the rise of America's Special Operations Forces, Mark Moyar

Oppose any foe : the rise of America's Special Operations Forces, Mark Moyar

Label
Oppose any foe : the rise of America's Special Operations Forces
Title
Oppose any foe
Title remainder
the rise of America's Special Operations Forces
Statement of responsibility
Mark Moyar
Title variation
Rise of America's special operations forces
Creator
Author
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
"In a nation where the military is revered, America's Special Operations Forces are the exception to the rule. From raiding enemy compounds under cover of night to advising international resistance movements, special operators have earned a reputation for extraordinary skill and daring. Yet, by the same token, they are accused of overreaching, siphoning personnel from other units, and recklessness that does more harm than good. In Oppose Any Foe, Mark Moyar chronicles the rocky seventy-five year existence of the Special Operations Forces (SOF), from the first Army Rangers during World War II to today's much-lauded Seal Team Six. Since its inception, SOF's popularity, funding, and power have gone through dramatic cycles of boom and bust. Presidents from Roosevelt to Kennedy to Obama have championed the tactical precision of SOF and have allocated them huge budgets, only to have their ambitions undermined by military disasters, infighting at the Pentagon, or congressional opposition. Indeed, the "elite" status of the SOF has led to acts of hubris and dangerous plays for more power with far-reaching consequences. While prejudice against the SOF may be easy to understand, Moyar argues that the Special Operations Forces are a powerful tool--but one which we have yet to properly utilize and appropriately incorporate into military planning. Oppose Any Foe is an ambitious work of military history, but it is propelled by gripping tales of military courage. Weaving together thrilling stories of SOF missions and insightful analyses of the programs' successes and failures, Moyar offers an important institutional coming of age story."--Provided by publisher
Cataloging source
DLC
Dewey number
356/.160973
Index
index present
LC call number
UA34.S64
LC item number
M69 2017
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
Label
Oppose any foe : the rise of America's Special Operations Forces, Mark Moyar
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Rangers and forcemen -- Raiders and frogmen -- OSS -- The forgotten war -- Vietnam -- JSOC and SOCOM -- Gothic serpent -- Regime change -- Counterinsurgency and counterterrorism -- Overreach -- Conclusion
Control code
ocn958798669
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
xx, 402 pages
Isbn
9780465053933
Lccn
2016047871
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
(OCoLC)958798669
Label
Oppose any foe : the rise of America's Special Operations Forces, Mark Moyar
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Rangers and forcemen -- Raiders and frogmen -- OSS -- The forgotten war -- Vietnam -- JSOC and SOCOM -- Gothic serpent -- Regime change -- Counterinsurgency and counterterrorism -- Overreach -- Conclusion
Control code
ocn958798669
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
xx, 402 pages
Isbn
9780465053933
Lccn
2016047871
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
(OCoLC)958798669

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