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The CIA Doesn’t Need a ‘Glorious Loyalty Oath Crusade’ to Keep Secrets

My latest piece in The Atlantic: The U.S. intelligence community is having a terribly rough time lately with employees who just won’t keep their mouths shut. Following Edward Snowden’s drip-drip-drip of top-secret revelations and “several high-profile anonymous leaks and publications by former senior officers,” CIA in late June launched the “Honor the Oath” effort — […]

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Terrorism & the Prism of Resilience

Here I am on WUSA9 discussing the recent attacks in Boston: WASHINGTON (WUSA9) — Was it domestic terrorism, international terrorism, or could a lone bomber be responsible? Those are key questions now for the FBI after the Boston Marathon bombings. Aki Peritz, a counter terrorism expert and author of “Find, Fix, Finish: inside the Counterterrorism […]

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LSE Review of Books

If one was looking for a book that is able to bring together into one coherent and compelling account all of the disjointed pieces of information which have over the years come to accompany the grand narrative of America’s fight against Al Qaeda, Find, Fix, Finish is definitely the one. Read the rest here.

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Army Magazine Reviews…

The September 2012 edition of Army Magazine has a very nice review of Find Fix Finish, by Colonel Gregory Fontenot: Those who read Peritz and Rosenbach will have taken a good first step on the road to understanding not only what happened that enabled surprise in September 2011 but also what has happened since and […]

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In Defense of Jihadist Internet Forums

Last week, I published an article on why the US should think twice about shuttering online jihadist forums: The Washington Post recently reported that two popular jihadist Internet forums went dark for extended periods. Although these forums are now back up and running, it remains unclear whether the blackout was due to technical problems, a […]

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Foreign Affairs Recommends…

Find, Fix, Finish, along with Seth Jones’ book “Hunting in the Shadows.” These two books tell the story of the United States’ struggle against terrorism from 9/11 to the death of Osama bin Laden, concentrating on the intelligence and police operations that led to the capture or killing of a collection of true believers and […]

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The Spectator: Ways of making men talk

The Spectator (UK) gave Find, Fix, Finish a great review–nice to know we’re “no bleeding heart liberals”: Eric Rosenbach is a former academic who is now deputy assistant secretary of defence in Washington. Aki Peritz used to work for the CIA and now advises the Third Way think tank. Their book, therefore, is not a […]

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Publishers Weekly

Peritz, senior national security adviser to the Third Way think tank, and Rosenbach, deputy assistant secretary of defense, draw on their work with the CIA and the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence respectively, for this behind-the-scenes look at the evolution of counterterrorism tactics since 9/11.

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Quotes from the Book Jacket

“Filled with insights from two insiders who have had direct experience with countering terrorists, Find, Fix, Finish combines the drama of vital operations unfolding in real time with legal and moral perspectives necessary to understand how our world has changed forever. The book captures the evolution of counterterrorism operations since 9/11 like no other.” –RICHARD […]

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Kirkus Reviews

International terrorists rarely make headlines today, write the authors, but senior national security advisor Peritz and Defense Department counterterrorism expert Rosenbach emphasize that this success required much pain, and the end is not in sight. Post–World War II Islamic terrorism worried U.S. leaders but produced no coherent policy.

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