From the book jacket:
On today's high-tech battlefields, the most lethal weapons are not the big ones, but rather the ones that are small enough to be smuggled inside a pack of chewing gum. Microchips smaller than a dime. Gyroscopes tinier than a quarter. Radar-cloaking and night-vision technology that fits in a pocket.
Developed and manufactured in the United States at extraordinary cost, these tiny weapons of war - which can guide missiles, see through walls, and trigger anything from a wireless IED to a nuclear weapon - are what currently give the U.S. its military advantage.
Unfortunately, they are increasingly being discovered in the hands of our enemies.
Operation Shakespeare weaves the true story of an elaborate sting operation launched by an elite Homeland Security team that was created to stop countries like Iran and North Korea from stealing U.S. military technology.
The sting, codenamed Operation Shakespeare to disguise its true nature, targets a single Iranian arms broker who works on behalf of Tehran. Over the course of three years, the American agents go undercover to outwit not only the Iranian, but U.S. defense contractors and bankers willing to put profit over national security.
The chase moves around the world, from Philadelphia to Shiraz, London to Dubai, Beverly Hills to Tbilisi. A mysterious British agent helps them lure the Iranian to a former Soviet republic. The Iranian walks into the sting carrying a laptop containing a road-map to Tehran's secret military plans. As the U.S. tries to bring the Iranian to justice, his own government plots to assassinate him, fearful of what he might reveal.
More than a thrilling cat-and-mouse chase, Operation Shakespeare opens our eyes to a vast secret war the United States is waging across the globe. How does rocket guidance technology manufactured in California wind up in the hands of terrorists in Lebanon? How do IED triggers travel from the factories of Arizona to insurgents on the battlefields of Iraq and Afghanistan?
Why did many of the world's biggest banks - Credit Suisse, Barclays, Standard Charter - systemically help enemy states conceal trillions of dollars' worth of wire transactions over the past decades? Operation Shakespeare also uncovers others who put profits over U.S. troops, including a major corporation that hands night vision secrets to China and an American scientist who helps Beijing develop stealth technology.