Academic journal article Military Review

WEAPON OF CHOICE: ARSOF in Afghanistan

Academic journal article Military Review

WEAPON OF CHOICE: ARSOF in Afghanistan

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WEAPON OF CHOICE: ARSOF in Afghanistan, Charles H. Briscoe, Richard L. Kiper, James A. Schroder, and Kalev I. Sepp, Combat Studies Institute Press, Leavenworth, Kansas, 2004, 399 pages, $61.00.

This may be one of the toughest books you ever tried to find. The press run was limited, and copies have been snapped up by the special operations community. Now, you need special connections to get a copy. That's a shame, because the book is an absolute gem.*

Weapon of Choice is an authorized history of army special operations in Afghanistan from 12 September 2001 to 15 May 2002. Charles H. Briscoe, Richard L. Kiper, James A. Schroder, and Kalev I. Sepp had unprecedented access and the stem direction to "disclose no secret before its time." This was a rather daunting task, but the authors carry it off well and tell an accurate, fascinating story. However, in keeping with the secrecy surrounding the special operations community, practically every name in the book is a pseudonym and practically everyone in a photograph has a black bar across his face-it's a bit like reading a 1959 edition of The Police Gazette. Weapon of Choice is a comprehensive book covering special forces, rangers, special forces aviation, civil affairs, psychological operations, and support forces. …

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