Alex Constantine - October 1, 2010
" ... Vickers is a holdover from the Bush administration. He worked closely with Gates at the CIA in the 1980s, when Vickers was 'the principal strategist for for the largest covert action program in the CIA's history: the paramilitary operation that drove the Soviet army out of Afghanistan,' according to his official biography. ... "
By Craig Whitlock | Washington Post | October 1, 2010
If confirmed by the Senate, Vickers would succeed James R. Clapper Jr. as undersecretary of defense for intelligence. Clapper was promoted in August to the post of director of national intelligence.
Vickers currently serves as assistant secretary of defense for special operations/low-intensity conflict & interdependent capabilities, a long title that means he oversees the Pentagon's secret operations worldwide, including hot spots such as Afghanistan, Pakistan, Yemen, Iraq and Colombia.
Like his boss, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates, Vickers is a holdover from the Bush administration. He worked closely with Gates at the CIA in the 1980s, when Vickers was "the principal strategist for for the largest covert action program in the CIA's history: the paramilitary operation that drove the Soviet army out of Afghanistan," according to his official biography.
His role in that fight against the Soviets was extensively detailed in the 2003 book Charlie Wilson's War, by George Crile, which later became a movie of the same name.
Since re-joining the Defense Department in 2007 under Bush, Vickers has overseen a major expansion of activities by the secretive Special Operations forces, an approach that the Obama administration has re-embraced as a centerpiece of its counterterrorism strategy.
Vickers attended the University of Alabama as an undergraduate, earned an MBA from the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton Business School and holds a doctorate in international relations and strategic studies from Johns Hopkins University.
Aug 25, 2009 ... People like Michael G. Vickers, a Special Forces NCO, ... So why no accountability, after all, America supports war crimes in the Balkans ..
CAPTURE AND KILL - THE 'VICKERS DIRECTIVE'
... Michael G. Vickers, made famous in the book and film Charlie Wilson's War as the architect of the covert arms-and-money supply chain to the mujaheedin in the CIA’s anti-Soviet Afghan campaign of the 1980s. ... Under his leadership, a new directive was issued in December 2008 to "develop capabilities for extending U.S. reach into denied areas and uncertain environments by operating with and through indigenous foreign forces or by conducting low visibility operations." In this way, the “capture/kill” program was institutionalized in Washington. ...
Mike Vickers, Author of Anti-Soviet Strategy, Now Plots the “Take-Over-the-World Plan”
... Vickers’s outlook was shaped in the CIA and Special Forces, which he joined off the street through a “direct enlistment” program in 1973. In the 10th Special Forces Group, he trained year-round for a guerrilla war against the Soviet Union. One scenario he prepared for: to parachute into enemy territory with a small nuclear weapon strapped to his leg, and then position it to halt the Red Army ...