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By all means available : memoirs of a life in intelligence, special operations, and strategy

By all means available : memoirs of a life in intelligence, special operations, and strategy / Michael G. Vickers.
First edition.
New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2023.
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559 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color), maps ; 25 cm
"This is a Borzoi book." -- title page verso.
"A vivid narrative of a life in intelligence and special operations, from the Cold War to the war on terror. In 1984, Michael Vickers took charge of the CIA's secret campaign against the Soviets in Afghanistan. Inheriting a strategy aimed at imposing costs on Russia, Vickers transformed the campaign into an all-out effort to help the Afghans win their war. More than any other American, he was responsible for the outcome in Afghanistan that led to the end of the Cold War. In By All Means Available, Vickers recounts his remarkable career, from his days as a Green Beret to his vision for victory in Afghanistan to his role in waging America's war on terror at the highest levels in government. In captivating detail, he depicts his years in Special Forces, revealing how those experiences directly influenced his approach to shaping policy, and offers a deeply informed analysis of the greatest challenges facing America today. This is a riveting and illuminating insider's account of the military and intelligence worlds at every level"-- Provided by publisher.
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Online version: Vickers, Michael G., 1953- By all means available New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2023
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August 08, 2023
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Part I: Preparation
Green Beret ; Special forces Operator and Commander ; Going to war with CIA ; Counterterrorism operations, Operational Certification ; Part II: War with the Red Army
The Great Commission ; Developing a war-winning strategy ; Critical decisions: March 1985 to January 1986 ; Driving the Soviets out ; "We won" ; Building new intellectual capital ; Part III: War with Al-Qa'ida
No sanctuary ; Disrupt, dismantle, defeat ; The war beyond the core ; HVT1 ; Neptune's spear ; Af-Pak ; Surge, drawdown, transition, defeat ; Iraq: hidden surge to ISIS ; Part IV: Fighting on multiple fronts
Counter proliferation ; Counter narco-insurgency ; The battle for the Middle East ; Crisis and change in defense intelligence ; The return of great power competition ; Winning the New Cold War ; Part V: Reflections
Intelligence, special operations, and strategy ; The long goodbye.

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