The Field of Fight

Title:                      The Field of Fight

Author:                 Lt. Gen. Michael T. Flynn

Flynn, Michael T. (2016) and Michael Ledeen. The Field of Fight: How We Can Win The Global War Against Radical Islam And Its Allies. New York: St. Martin’s Press

LCCN:    2016018422

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  • Introduction — The making of an intel officer — War fighting — The enemy alliance — How to win — Conclusion.


Date Posted:      April 12, 2017

Reviewed in The Intelligencer[1]

Now in paperback. A war is being waged against us by radical Islamists, and, as current events demonstrate, they are only getting stronger, says Flynn, current National Security Adviser[2].

AI-Qaeda has morphed into a much more dangerous, menacing threat: ISIS. Lt. General Michael T. Flynn is blunt and urgent. This book aims to inform the American people of the grave danger we face in the war on terror—and will continue to face—until our government takes decisive action against the terrorists that want nothing more than to destroy us and our way of life.

Flynn spent more than thirty three years in Army intelligence, and as Director of the Defense Intelligence Agency worked closely with Generals Stanley McChrystal and David Petraeus, Admiral Mike Mullen, Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, and other policy, defense, intelligence, and war-fighting leaders. From coordinating on-the-ground operations in Iraq, Afghanistan, and elsewhere, to building reliable intelligence networks, to preparing strategic plans for fighting terrorism, Flynn has been a firsthand witness to government screw-ups, smokescreens, and censored information that, he says, our leaders don’t want us to know.

The Field of Fight succinctly lays out why we have failed to stop terrorist groups from growing, and what we must do to stop them. The core message by Flynn is that you must understand your enemies to defeat them—and he claims government has concealed the actions of terrorist groups like ISIS and al Qaeda, and the role of Iran in the rise of radical Islam, resulting in the US not fully understanding the enormity of the threat they pose against us. This is a call by Flynn to action.

[1] Reviewed in The Intelligencer: Journal of U.S. Intelligence Studies (22, 3, Winter 2016-17, p. 133).

[2] Flynn was offered the job of National Security Adviser on November 17, 2016. He resigned on February 13, 2017.

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