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After September 11

After September 11  

John Prados

in The US Special Forces: What Everyone Needs to Know®

Published in Print: 
23 July 2015
Published Online: 
12 November 2020
DOI: 
10.1093/wentk/9780199354283.003.0006
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Brigadier General Stanley McChrystal stood near the door of a C-130J transport, ready for a practice parachute jump near Fort Bragg, when the air force jumpmaster leaned over to say ... More
Armed Drone Technology

Armed Drone Technology  

Sarah E. Kreps

in Drones: What Everyone Needs to Know®

Published in Print: 
14 April 2016
Published Online: 
12 November 2020
DOI: 
10.1093/wentk/9780190235345.003.0002
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Over the last decade, the United States went from having unarmed surveillance drones to sophisticated armed drones capable of conducting prolonged surveillance and then killing the target. ... More
Drones for the Ground and Sea

Drones for the Ground and Sea  

Sarah E. Kreps

in Drones: What Everyone Needs to Know®

Published in Print: 
14 April 2016
Published Online: 
12 November 2020
DOI: 
10.1093/wentk/9780190235345.003.0004
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Until this point, the discussion has focused on drones as unmanned aerial technology. This is consistent with how the term “drone” is conventionally used. It is also consistent with the ... More
Ebb and Flow

Ebb and Flow  

John Prados

in The US Special Forces: What Everyone Needs to Know®

Published in Print: 
23 July 2015
Published Online: 
12 November 2020
DOI: 
10.1093/wentk/9780199354283.003.0004
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The world of Special Forces expanded, perhaps exponentially, during the 1960s. Green Berets got most of the attention, but much of what they did—especially with the Studies and Analysis ... More
The Future of Drones: Nano, Autonomous Systems, and Science Fiction

The Future of Drones: Nano, Autonomous Systems, and Science Fiction  

Sarah E. Kreps

in Drones: What Everyone Needs to Know®

Published in Print: 
14 April 2016
Published Online: 
12 November 2020
DOI: 
10.1093/wentk/9780190235345.003.0006
Format: 
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The next phase of development in unmanned technologies is likely to take place in micro/nanoscale technologies or autonomous systems, both of which stand to change the way drones are used ... More
Introduction

Introduction  

Sarah E. Kreps

in Drones: What Everyone Needs to Know®

Published in Print: 
14 April 2016
Published Online: 
12 November 2020
DOI: 
10.1093/wentk/9780190235345.003.0001
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Not a day goes by without another spectacular story about unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), also known as drones: Amazon announces it will deliver packages via drones, the US Federal ... More
Noncombat Technolog

Noncombat Technolog  

Sarah E. Kreps

in Drones: What Everyone Needs to Know®

Published in Print: 
14 April 2016
Published Online: 
12 November 2020
DOI: 
10.1093/wentk/9780190235345.003.0005
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The use of drones for armed conflict has tended to draw a good deal of scrutiny and indeed criticism, but drones have potential uses far beyond combat. This chapter, which returns the ... More
Origin of the Species

Origin of the Species  

John Prados

in The US Special Forces: What Everyone Needs to Know®

Published in Print: 
23 July 2015
Published Online: 
12 November 2020
DOI: 
10.1093/wentk/9780199354283.003.0002
Format: 
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Critical to the antecedents of modern Special Operations Forces is the question of how you define their mission. If the notion is that these troops are bands of heroes, then their history ... More
The Parallax Shift

The Parallax Shift  

John Prados

in The US Special Forces: What Everyone Needs to Know®

Published in Print: 
23 July 2015
Published Online: 
12 November 2020
DOI: 
10.1093/wentk/9780199354283.003.0003
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Special Forces materialized during a period when US military doctrine was actually least favorable to their creation. Under President Dwight D. Eisenhower, who entered office near the end ... More
Proliferation of Drones to Other Countries

Proliferation of Drones to Other Countries  

Sarah E. Kreps

in Drones: What Everyone Needs to Know®

Published in Print: 
14 April 2016
Published Online: 
12 November 2020
DOI: 
10.1093/wentk/9780190235345.003.0003
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As earlier chapters suggest, the United States has been, by far, the country leading the use of armed drones. Having used drones first in Afghanistan in 2001, in Yemen in 2002, then in ... More
PrologueBookends to a War

Prologue: Bookends to a War  

John Prados

in The US Special Forces: What Everyone Needs to Know®

Published in Print: 
23 July 2015
Published Online: 
12 November 2020
DOI: 
10.1093/wentk/9780199354283.003.0020
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The Afghanistan war began with high hopes and in a thrilling way. A few Americans—just a few—enlisted local allies and toppled the national government led by the Taliban, an ... More
Toward New Horizons

Toward New Horizons  

John Prados

in The US Special Forces: What Everyone Needs to Know®

Published in Print: 
23 July 2015
Published Online: 
12 November 2020
DOI: 
10.1093/wentk/9780199354283.003.0005
Format: 
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As Special Operations Forces moved into the 1980s, they had a new sense of commitment, within a US defense policy offering favorable portents. Toward the end of his administration, ... More
What Future for the “Army of One”?

What Future for the “Army of One”?  

John Prados

in The US Special Forces: What Everyone Needs to Know®

Published in Print: 
23 July 2015
Published Online: 
12 November 2020
DOI: 
10.1093/wentk/9780199354283.003.0007
Format: 
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What Tensions Exist within the Special Operations Community Today? Tensions exist, and some of them are over SOF roles. The shape of the next great conflict matters. If it is a ... More
Who’s who in Special Forces

Who’s who in Special Forces  

John Prados

in The US Special Forces: What Everyone Needs to Know®

Published in Print: 
23 July 2015
Published Online: 
12 November 2020
DOI: 
10.1093/wentk/9780199354283.003.0008
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Harry C. Aderholt (1920–2010). In effect the father of air force special operations, “Heinie” Aderholt was a pilot in an air transport unit in North Africa and Italy in World ... More

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