Thom Shanker is a correspondent covering the Pentagon and national security policy for The New York Times. He routinely spends time embedded with troops in Iraq and Afghanistan. Prior to joining the Times in 1997, he served for ten years overseas with the Chicago Tribune, based in Moscow, Berlin, and the former Yugoslavia, before being named Tribune foreign editor. He is co-author, with Eric Schmitt, of Counterstrike: The Untold Story of America’s Secret Campaign Against Al Qaeda, to be published in August. The book traces how new counterterrorism strategies, adopted under George W. Bush and expanded under Barack Obama, were successfully employed in planning and carrying out the dramatic May 2011 raid in which Osama bin Laden was killed.