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Find, Fix, Finish: Inside the Counterterrorism Campaigns that Killed Bin Laden and Devastated Al Qaeda

Aki Peritz and Eric Rosenbach
Aki Peritz and Eric Rosenbach
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“Find them! Fix them! Fight them! Finish them!” was General Matthew Ridgway’s war cry to his demoralized commanders in Korea during the 1950s. Ridgway drew this tenet from a study of Civil War General Ulysses S. Grant, who stated: “The art of war is simple enough. Find out where your enemy is. Get him as soon as you can. Strike at him as hard as you can as often as you can and keep moving.” According to Aki Peritz and Eric Rosenbach, this war cry, updated and applied to the war on international terrorism, became the American strategy to fight the Global War on Terrorism (GWOT).

The authors argue that for the duration of the Cold War, the enemy to which the ‘find, fix, finish’ doctrine was applied was the Soviet Union. However, with the end of the Cold War and the subsequent attacks on the American homeland on 11 September 2001, the American national security apparatus had to go through a very important evolution in its strategic outlook and mindset. In essence, it had to update ‘find, fix and finish’ for the Global War on Terror (GWOT). It is the updating of this strategy, its implementation and consequences, which are the basis of Aki Peritz and Eric Rosenbach’s work Find, Fix, Finish.

Aki Peritz is a Fellow at the Belfer Center in Washington, DC, and he previously worked for the Central Intelligence Agency’s Counterrorism Center. Eric Rosenbach is currently the Assistant Deputy Secretary of Defense of the United States. He has taught courses on counterterrorism at Harvard Kennedy School, and has served on the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence (SSCI), where he helped lead oversight of American counterterrorism programs. These two clearly have a plethora of knowledge on the subject matter to which this book pertains.

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Find, Fix, Finish: Inside the Counterterrorism Campaigns that Killed Bin Laden and Devastated Al Qaeda

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