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No Room for Error: The Story Behind the USAF Special Tactics Unit

by John T. Col Carney

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Overall I enjoyed this book and recommend it for anyone interested in the history of the military Special Forces (Rangers, SEALS etc). The narrator (audiobook) was excellent.

The first part, where the author discusses his upbringing, was kinda boring and annoying - if I could have skipped it without missing some Special Forces history it would have been just fine. It was a story of classic "white privilege " but Mr Carney isn't given to introspection and never reviews anything. It's this total lack of introspection that makes this part of the book boring; he's given totally undeserved grades and jobs - for example, he was given a passing grade in a class he failed so that he could play football - and he never even considers how that might *not* be the case for other people. He thinks it's totally "deserved" and shows how others saw his potential before he even did. Uh... yah...

Anyway... fast forward through that junk and then it gets good: the author describes various special operations in military history, how Spec Ops grew, how each branch developed their own versions, the problems and hiccups they've had along the ways trying to mesh using forces together... basically, how Spec Ops "grew up". I'd guess that the book will be more interesting for older people, as like me, they remember some of the operations and can compare what they remember to what he describes. ( )
  marshapetry | Sep 25, 2015 |
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“John Carney is one of the few heroes I have.”
Founding member and Deputy Commander of Delta Force

When the U.S. Air Force decided to create an elite “special tactics” team in the late 1970s to work in conjunction with special-operations forces combating terrorists and hijackers and defusing explosive international emergencies, John T. Carney was the man they turned to. Since then Carney and the U.S. Air Force Special Tactical units have circled the world on sensitive clandestine missions. They have operated behind enemy lines gathering vital intelligence. They have combated terrorists and overthrown dangerous dictators. They have suffered many times the casualty rate of America’s conventional forces. But they have gotten the job done–most recently in stunning victories in the war on terrorism in Afghanistan, which Carney calls “America’s first special-operations war.” Now, for the first time, Colonel Carney lifts the veil of secrecy and reveals what really goes on inside the special-operations forces that are at the forefront of contemporary warfare.

Part memoir, part military history, No Room for Error reveals how Carney, after a decade of military service, was handpicked to organize a small, under-funded, classified ad hoc unit known as Brand X, which even his boss knew very little about. Here Carney recounts the challenging missions: the secret reconnaissance in the desert of north-central Iran during the hostage crisis; the simple rescue operation in Grenada that turned into a prolonged bloody struggle. With Operation Just Cause in Panama, the Special Tactical units scored a major success, as they took down the corrupt regime of General Noriega with lightning speed. Desert Storm was another triumph, with Carney’s team carrying out vital search-and-rescue missions as well as helping to hunt down mobile Scud missiles deep inside Iraq.

Now with the war on terrorism in Afghanistan, special operations have come into their own, and Carney includes a chapter detailing exactly how the Air Force Special Tactics d.c. units have spearheaded the successful campaign against the Taliban and Al Qaeda.

Gripping in its battle scenes, eye-opening in its revelations, No Room for Error is the first insider’s account of how special operations are changing the way modern wars are fought. Col. John T. Carney is an airman America can be proud of, and he has written an absolutely superb book.

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