Are we losing a war few of us realize we’re fighting?
Poisoned dissidents. Election interference. Armed invasions. International treaties thrown into chaos. Secret military buildups. Hackers and viruses. Weapons deployed in space. China and Russia (and Iran and North Korea) spark news stories here by carrying out bold acts of aggression and violating international laws and norms. Isn’t this just bad actors acting badly?
That kind of thinking is outdated and dangerous. Emboldened by their successes, these countries are, in fact, waging a brazen, global war on the US and the West. This is a new Cold War, which will not be won by those who fail to realize they are fighting it. The enemies of the West understand that while they are unlikely to win a shooting war, they have another path to victory. And what we see as our greatest strengths—open societies, military innovation, dominance of technology on Earth and in space, longstanding leadership in global institutions—these countries are undermining or turning into weaknesses.
In The Shadow War, CNN anchor and chief national security correspondent Jim Sciutto provides us with a revealing and at times disturbing guide to this new international conflict. This Shadow War is already the greatest threat to America’s national security, even though most Americans know little or nothing about it. With on-the-ground reporting from Ukraine to the South China Sea, from a sub under the Arctic to unprecedented access to America’s Space Command, Sciutto draws on his deep knowledge, high-level contacts, and personal experience as a journalist and diplomat to paint the most comprehensive and vivid picture of a nation targeted by a new and disturbing brand of warfare.
Thankfully, America is adapting and fighting back. In The Shadow War, Sciutto introduces readers to the dizzying array of soldiers, sailors, submariners and their commanders, space engineers, computer scientists, civilians, and senior intelligence officials who are on the front lines of this new kind of forever war. Intensive and disturbing, this invaluable and important work opens our eyes and makes clear that the war of the future is already here.
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About the Author
Jim Sciutto is CNN’s chief national security correspondent and anchor of CNN Newsroom. After more than two decades as a foreign correspondent stationed in Asia, Europe, and the Middle East, he returned to Washington to cover the Defense Department, the State Department, and intelligence agencies for CNN. His work has earned him Emmy Awards, the George Polk Award, the Edward R. Murrow award, and the Merriman Smith Memorial Award for excellence in presidential coverage. A graduate of Yale and a Fulbright Fellow, he lives in Washington, D.C., with his wife, Gloria Riviera, who is a journalist for ABC News, and their three children.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1 Inside the Shadow War 1
Chapter 2 Opening Salvo (Russia) 21
Chapter 3 Stealing Secrets (China) 41
Chapter 4 Little Green Men (Russia) 61
Chapter 5 Unsinkable Aircraft Carriers (China) 105
Chapter 6 War in Space (Russia and China) 141
Chapter 7 Hacking an Election (Russia) 185
Chapter 8 Submarine Warfare (Russia and China) 215
Chapter 9 Winning the Shadow War 247
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Jim Sciutto is a well-respected and long-time reporter for ABC and CNN and has held a very senior position in the US State Department in Beijing. This book reports on the ways in which the US has been ignoring/oblivious to Chinese and Russian efforts to undermine both our country's influence internationally and our domestic security. He braids together different threads - military/defense, aerospace, cyber - in an extensively researched and eye opening review of where we have been, where we are now, and where we need to go to maintain our influence and security as a nation and a culture. (ps., the one star reviewer left exactly the kind of comment you'd expect from someone who doesn't read.)
Waste of time and full of lies. Would rather sit through a 5 hour presentation on dirt