Sunday, June 25, 2023

Michael G. Vickers: From Green Beret To CIA Covert Operations: A Fascinating Career

Gavin Newsham at the New York Post offers a piece on former Green Beret, CIA officer and Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence Michael G Vickers (seen in the bottom photo) and his new memoir.  

Michael G. Vickers was 17, he decided he might like a career in the CIA.

“I imagined myself doing things that only a James Bond could do,” he writes in “By All Means Available – Memoirs of a Life in Intelligence, Specials Operations, and Strategy” (Alfred A. Knopf).

“Diving headfirst through a window and coming up shooting.”

Fast forward half a century, and Vickers can look back at a remarkable career in the intelligence services, where he served under six Presidents, including two years working directly for George W. Bush and six with Barack Obama as Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence.

From his time as a Green Beret to taking charge of the CIA’s covert operations against the Soviets in Afghanistan, the book recounts his extraordinary life and career, including the operation to find and eliminate the al-Qa’ida leader Osama Bin Laden.

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