THIS BOOK is a personal memoir. It is not intended and could not be a complete record of the activities during this period or an objective accounting. I recognize that this record is likely to be as controversial as Operation Allied Force itself. The record will also be imperfect, despite incredible help and assistance. The responsibility for the omissions and errors of fact or understanding are mine alone. I am enormously grateful for the many family, friends, and colleagues who assisted me in getting the facts correct, presenting the issues, and remembering the contrasting perspectives and clash of emotions.
I would like to thank my executive officers and special assistants who helped me record the facts and my impressions during the operation, and later helped me confirm information and perspectives: Army Major General (then Brigadier) George Higgins; Army Brigadier Generals Pete Chiarelli and Bud Thrasher; Navy Rear Admiral (then Captain) Mark Milliken; Navy Captains Mark Ferguson, Jamie Kelley, and Gary Lehman; Air Force Colonels Dana Atkins, Dave Scott, and Dave Edgington; Marine Colonel Robert Blose; Army Colonels Dennis Dimengo, Charley Kuzell, Stephanie Hoehne, Mike Phillips, and Keith Walker; U.K. Army Lieutenant Colonel David Limb (now