Dalton Fury

Dalton Fury

Dalton Fury is the author of the New York Times bestseller Kill Bin Laden: A Delta Force Commander's Account of the Hunt for the World's Most Wanted Man (read an excerpt) and Delta Force Thriller series that chronicles the disgraced but resilient Kolt "Racer" Raynor. The series was launched with Black Site (read an excerpt). Tier One Wild (read an excerpt), the second book in the series, will be available October 2012.

Dalton Fury was the senior ranking military officer at the Battle of Tora Bora. As a Delta troop commander he led ninety-one other Western special operations commandos and support personnel and helped author, along with some of Delta’s most talented sergeants, the tactical concept of the operation to hunt and kill bin Laden.
Focus On: War on Terror
The Bodies of Zero Dark Thirty
By: Dalton Fury | December 23, 2012

During the December 2001 Battle of Tora Bora, there were a few moments that served up optimism, indicating that our mission to kill Usama Bin Laden would prove successful. Numerous times throughout the battle we listened to al Qaeda fighters unknowingly provide us with guy-on-the-ground information–intercepts like “Father (meaning bin Laden) is trying to break through the siege line” and “We are surrounded by the American commandos from above.”

At times, the al Qaeda leader came up on the net. It was sporadic, but real time. Bin Laden’s distressed voice, over short range radio as the battle progressed, was very telling. “The time is now,” he was resigned to say. “Arm your women and children against the infidel” and “I’m sorry for getting you involved in this battle, if you can no longer resist, you may surrender with my blessing.”

Straight from the terrorist leader’s mouth, his words led us to believe the end might be near. However, Tora Bora was home turf for Bin Laden and al Qaeda. We were careful to self-regulate our expectations, cautioning ourselves not to underestimate al Qaeda as a fighting force or the leader as a shrewd and slippery commander.

With no body and no proof of death, there was no certainty of mission accomplished. As we learned years later, a battered UBL fled Afghanistan for Pakistan with a few trusted aides. One of those trusted friends was a little known Kuwaiti-born man, oddly fluent in both Arabic and the Taliban language of Pashtu. The al Qaeda leader’s trusted and longtime friend Abu Ahmad al-Kuwaiti, we now know from recently leaked custodial interviews, proved to be the golden nugget in the long ten year hunt for UBL—and is the central figure in the recently-released blockbuster thriller Zero Dark Thirty.


Focus On: Intel
No Easy Day: From One Who Has Been There
By: Dalton Fury | September 3, 2012
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Next week I will visit hallowed ground. I will stand on the corner of West and Vesey Street, face the National September 11 Memorial, and look skyward toward the flight paths of American Airlines flight 11 and United Airlines flight 175, which struck the World Trade Towers eleven years earlier. I will do it because I have a choice, because I am one of millions of Americans that hasn’t forgotten, and because there is no place on earth I’d rather be than downtown Manhattan on the anniversary of 9/11.

Since that first jumbo jet slammed into tower one at 8:46:30 AM that Tuesday morning our nation has struggled through two long wars that have tested the mettle of America’s finest young men and women—and which were arguably focused on killing one man. This past week not only reminded me of these long wars, but it also offered some odd nostalgia and a large dose of déjà vu.

First, I learned the same time as the rest of the world that one of America’s secret members of SEAL Team Six, which executed Operation Neptune Spear, had authored a book titled No Easy Day, about the shadowed exploits of the team and how al Qaeda mastermind Usama Bin Laden really met his maker. I was a shocked by the news. Like most tier one operators, I thought I was still in tune with the happenings of the secret world I left behind, even in retirement.


Focus On: Fiction Fridays
Tier One Wild
By: Dalton Fury | August 31, 2012

Former disgraced Delta Force commander Kolt "Racer" Raynor has earned his way back into The Unit after redeeming himself during an explosive operation at a black site in Pakistan. But he is about to face his deadliest challenge yet.

The most wanted man in the world, American al Qaeda commander Daoud al Amriki, and his handpicked team of terrorist operatives, have acquired stores of Russian-built, shoulder-fired surface-to-air missiles (SAM's) from ex-Libyan spies in Cairo. Their mission: infiltrate the United States and take down American aircraft. The country's best are tasked with stopping them. But when a SEAL Team Six mission to take down al Amriki goes wrong, Major Raynor and his Delta Force team find themselves front and center as Amriki and his terrorists work their way closer to America. And time is running out.

Tier One Wild takes readers on an international thrill ride from the black ops nerve center of JSOC to the bloody streets of Cairo.


Focus On: Intel
Dalton Fury and Dale Comstock: The “Stars Earn Stripes” Interview
By: Dalton Fury | August 13, 2012

Dalton Fury sits down with former Delta Force operator and "Stars Earn Stripes" reality show “operative” Dale Comstock.

D.F.: Brother, still believe in the three essential food groups I see.

D.C.: Ha ha. Yep. Protein, protein, and protein.

D.F.: Whattya think Dale? Think we could hang with today’s operators? I slammed a Muscle Milk for breakfast.

D.C.: Maybe if they had mandatory breaks and catered chow like the filming for "Stars Earn Stripes." No, seriously—I think we can still hang. I am 49 years old and I have been leading the charge with hundreds of young Afghan and Iraqi soldiers following me into combat, up to as recently as a year ago. Age is just a number in my book and what I lack—which is not much—in physical prowess, I compensate for with enthusiasm and experience. If the latter doesn’t work for me, then I will stop the dismounted patrol and mandate a water break until I can discretely get my act together.

D.F.: Wait a second. That water break technique is Delta OPSEC. Let’s keep this clean. But, I guess some things never change then. Great to see you Dale, you look terrific. Let’s ignore the canned talking points I was given.

What I want to know is would you take these Hollywood celebrities down range?


Focus On: Intel
Beyond the Kill Shot
By: Dalton Fury | May 1, 2012

Sustained, intense combat brands the mind. It's almost impossible to erase.

The images of combat that come to mind most often? They’re rarely of a neutralized target— even if that target was Usama bin Laden.


Focus On: Intel
Find Your Maverick—or Grant
By: Dalton Fury | January 28, 2012
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CP Note: This is the second in a series of posts by Dalton Fury, inspired by leadership he's seen in action through the years.

When the future of the Union was in doubt and the Confederacy was giving it to the Yanks, President Abraham Lincoln turned to the unrefined, abrasive, results-oriented General Ulysses S. Grant. Grant’s leadership turned the tide and ensured the North won the Civil War.

Four modern day superstar special ops leaders—GEN (R) Stan McChrystal, BG Scott Miller, Col (R) Pete Blaber, and BG Bennet Sacolik—at some point in their black ops career, turned to one man as their Grant. Year after year, commander to commander, maverick warrior LTC (R) Jim “Serpico” Reese, a stand-out Ranger and Delta officer, quite possibly would have made Grant appear wanting when it came to working through chaos, calming nerves, and demanding the best out of subordinates.


Focus On: Special Operations Teams
Get Over It!
By: Dalton Fury | January 26, 2012
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CP Note: This is the first in a series of posts by Dalton Fury, inspired by leadership he's seen in action through the years.

The year was 1994 and the US Army was staged to invade the country of Haiti. Our Ranger battalion had just loaded the tail end of the last of seven C141 aircraft prepped to execute a combat jump on Dallas DZ. The 82nd Airborne had already taken off from Fort Bragg, N.C. No sooner had we struggled into our seats did we see our battalion commander, then LTC Frank Kearney, come walking up the ramp still wearing his parachute.

The colonel grabbed the nearby radio mike and made an announcement over the aircraft’s intercom.


Focus On: Fiction Fridays
Black Site: A Delta Force Novel
By: Dalton Fury | January 20, 2012

In 2001, I was the Delta Force troop commander given the secret mission to hunt down and kill the most wanted man in the world—Usama Bin Laden.

In 2008, I shared the untold story of that fateful mission in the book Kill Bin Laden: A Delta Force Commander's Account of the Hunt for the World's Most Wanted Man, and recounted the twists and turns of the Battle of Tora Bora fought high in the mountains of Eastern Afghanistan.

Soon after Kill Bin Laden became a bestseller, I started a new mission—a mission to craft a thriller series about classified “black” ops and operators, “real” fiction about real warriors.

CP Note: Read the preface and chapter one, and listen to chapter two, of Dalton Fury's Black Site here.


Focus On: Afghanistan, War on Terror, WWII
Pearl Harbor to Tora Bora, Yamamoto to Bin Laden
By: Donald A. Davis and Dalton Fury | December 22, 2011
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CP Note: 2011 marked the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks and the 70th anniversary of the Pearl Harbor attacks.

The surface parallels are easy to spot: both surprise attacks, both by air, both shocks to the world.

The article below breaks the surface and drills in, going back and forth between Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto and Usama bin Laden,their reasons and motivations for planning and executing Pearl Harbor and 9/11, and the manhunts that followed.


Much of what the admiral said went against the tide of popular opinion. Once the emperor agreed to make war against the United States, Yamamoto immediately ended his personal opposition, for he would never speak against the Chrysanthemum Throne. He set aside his feelings and accepted who he was—the sword of the emperor, and the one man in Japan who was capable of bringing the United States to its knees.

“What a strange position I find myself in now,” he wrote an old friend. “Having to make a decision diametrically opposed to my own personal opinion, with no choice but to push full-speed in pursuance of the decision.”


Focus On: Special Operations Teams
How to Survive a Special Ops Raid by Dalton Fury
How to Survive a Special Ops Raid
By: Dalton Fury | May 7, 2011
Look at the hands first. Armed or unarmed?

Take a mental snapshot of the individual.

Within a nanosecond process what you see and make a life or death decision—known as target discrimination.

If death, focus as your body moves on pure muscle memory.

Apply appropriate hold off for your rifle optics.

Rock the safety from on to off. [More...]
Focus On: 9/11, Afghanistan
The Hunt for Bin Laden
By: Dalton Fury | May 2, 2011
The mission was to kill Osama bin Laden, the most wanted man in the world—an operation of such magnitude that it couldn’t be handled by just any military or intelligence force. The best America had to offer was needed. As such, the task was handed to roughly forty members of America’s supersecret counterterrorist unit formally known as 1st Special Forces Operational Detachment-Delta; more popularly, the elite and mysterious unit Delta Force... [More...]
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