Code Names

Code Names

Deciphering US Military Plans, Programs, and Operations in the 9/11 World

Book - 2005
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The war on terrorism and the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have led to a secrecy explosion. In the 9/11 world the U.S. military and intelligence organizations have created secret plans, programs, and operations at a frenzied pace, each with their own code name. In a perfect world, all of this secrecy would be to protect legitimate secrets from prying foreign eyes. But in researching Code Names, defense analyst William M. Arkin learned that while most genuine secrets remain secret, other activities labeled as secret are either questionable or remain perfectly in the open. The sheer volume and complexity of these operations ensures that the most politically important remain unreported by the press and shielded from the scrutiny of the American electorate. Despite the intelligence failures of 9/11 and the questionable assumptions that led to the war in Iraq and govern the war on terrorism, the U.S. government argues for massive amounts of funding and resources, while at the same time claiming that public accountability would compromise their missions. Arkin didn’t accept this argument during the Cold War – when he published two books that revealed U.S. nuclear “secrets” and led directly to a healthier public discussion of a “nuclear warfighting” emerging in the Reagan era – and he is challenging it again today.

From “Able Ally” to “Zodiac Beauchamp,” this book identifies more than 3,000 code names and details the plans and missions for which they stand. Code Names is divided into five distinct parts:

Introduction: Will explain to the American public, for the first time, just what the explosion in the creation of secret code names after 9/11 reveals about overall strategies in the war on terror.

Cast of Characters: A brief description of all relevant federal departments, agencies, commands, and organizations. For each there is a discussion of their missions, roles, and activities, their contingency plans and their secret bases of operations. The emphasis is on what is not readily known to the public.

Country-by-Country Directory: Details worldwide U.S. military and intelligence operations and relations and briefly describes each country’s recent cooperation or discord with the United States in the war on terror.

The Code Names Dictionary: An alphabetical listing of more than 3,000 code names. The emphasis will be on names that are current since the end of the Cold War, are of historical importance, and are not otherwise in the public domain.

Acronym List and Glossary.

Code Names offers stunning revelations and its publication is sure to cause a major stir. But Arkin knows where to draw the line. The information in his book will not jeopardize individuals or operations. His intention is to inform the debate and to give people information they ought to have. Arkin has written Code Names firm in the belief that an informed citizenry is a prerequisite to wise decision-making by world leaders.

Baker & Taylor
Addressing the growing emphasis on secrecy in the post-9/11 world, a defense analyst identifies more than three thousand code names and explains the missions and plans for which they stand.

Blackwell North Amer
The war on terrorism and the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have led to a secrecy explosion. In the 9/11 world U.S. military and intelligence organizations have created secret plans, programs, and operations at a frenzied pace, each with their own code name. In a perfect world, all of this secrecy would be to protect legitimate secrets from prying foreign eyes, but instead its intention often appears to be to ensure that politically important information that ought to be in the public domain remains concealed - unreported by the press and shielded from the scrutiny of the American electorate.
From "Able Ally" to "Zodiac Beauchamp," Code Names identifies more than 3,000 code names and details the plans and missions for which they stand. Among other things, this book will help readers gain a clearer picture of the political and diplomatic machinations that underpin the global counterinsurgency campaign that is the "war on terrorism" and help reveal to American citizens initiatives and strategies being implemented around the globe by their leaders in their name.

Baker
& Taylor

Addressing the growing emphasis on secrecy in the post-9/11 world, a defense analyst identifies more than three thousand code names and explains the missions and plans for which they stand. 25,000 first printing.

Publisher: Hanover, N.H. : Steerforth Press, c2005
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9781586420833
1586420836
Branch Call Number: 973.931 ARK
Characteristics: 608 p. :,map ;,25 cm.

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