From time to time we like to read books here at Tier Three Tactical, mainly the pop up kind, but sometimes coloring books too! I have recently finished the book Relentless Strike by Sean Naylor. It was one of the best in depth looks at the secretive world of the Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC) and it’s primary components: Devgru, Delta, 160th SOAR and Task Force Orange.
The author Sean Naylor was a journalist for the Army Times, and has covered the War on Terror since it’s inception, and as such he has a crazy level of access to JSOC personnel, both in it’s headquarters, and to the operators on the ground.
Relentless Strike (Amazon Affiliate Link) starts out covering the debacle of Operation Eagle Claw, the failed Delta rescue of the Iranian hostages in the early 80’s. It then moves through some lesser known operations, prior to 9/11, highlighting the command’s roles in various manhunts such as the operations against Noriega, Pablo Escobar, and Eastern European war criminals.
Naylor shows how these operations paved the way for the future targeting machine that JSOC would become in Iraq and Afghanistan, and he goes into incredible detail on just how this was accomplished.
We also get a peek into some lesser known units of JSOC such as the Task Force Orange or TFO. According to Naylor TFO is stationed in northern Virginia and is responsible for conducting advance force operations in areas where JSOC may want to conduct future operations.
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