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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
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
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
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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
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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
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
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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
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12 November 2020
DOI: 
10.1093/wentk/9780199354283.003.0005
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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
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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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