Naval War College Review


Hy S. Rothstein


Once again, Sean Naylor has produced an authoritative and well-written book. Relentless Strike chronicles the history of the Joint Special Operations Com- mand (JSOC), America’s top-tier special operations military unit. To the benefit of history and the reader, and most likely to the consternation of the Pentagon, Naylor’s knowledge of special operations and his extensive contacts reveal the temperaments and competencies of key individuals and the details of numerous clandestine missions and organizational capabilities. Many will condemn Naylor for revealing these secrets, but the fault is not with Naylor; it is with those who talked. The book also, perhaps unintentionally, exposes flaws in how the United States wages war, as well as the limitations of special operations.