The units and formations of the US Special Operations Command (SOCOM) have privileged access to the finest weaponry in the world's arsenal.
Author: Chris McNab
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
The units and formations of the US Special Operations Command (SOCOM) have privileged access to the finest weaponry in the world's arsenal. Whether Army, Navy, Air Force, or Marines, the SOCOM troops select weapons that match their mission requirements, but which also sit at the cutting edge of combat technology. This means that, while SOCOM troops frequently use standard-issue weaponry, they also adopt many specialist pieces of kit that are not so accessible to the broader armed services, including sniper rifles, battle rifles, and machine guns, as well as high-tech tactical accessories used to transform standard weaponry into something exceptional. Assessing the technology and capabilities of these combat weapons, as well as how they have been used in modern combat, this fully illustrated study lifts the veil on some of the most distinctive hand-held weapon systems of US special operations forces since 1987.
This fact-filled volume presents a treasure trove of information about the weapons and gear that they rely on to complete their frequently dangerous and sensitive missions.
Author: David Kassnoff
Publisher: The Rosen Publishing Group, Inc
Category: Juvenile Nonfiction
The toughest, most elite warriors in the U.S. military are the soldiers who serve in the Special Operations Forces. This fact-filled volume presents a treasure trove of information about the weapons and gear that they rely on to complete their frequently dangerous and sensitive missions. The most-commonly used weapons are profiled, as are the land, air, and water vehicles that Special Forces soldiers use most often. Uniforms, MREs, and cutting-edge technology, including a proposed Iron Man–like suit, are also discussed. A comprehensive resource that is sure to appeal to any reader with an interest in the military.
In US Special Ops, longtime military author and special-ops expert Fred Pushies takes on the entire scope of America's elite fighting forces, beginning with their earliest days.
Author: Fred Pushies
Publisher: Zenith Press
It's the inside scoop on US military special operations. From weapons, gear, missions, and commandos, learn every military secret from the eighteenth century to today. Few aspects of the US military pique people's interest more than special ops. Due to the clandestine nature of their missions, weapons, and gear, these elite fighting forces are cloaked in an aura of intrigue that has only ratcheted upward with the expanded roles they have assumed in today's world, not to mention their recent and frequent appearances in film, books, and other mass media. In US Special Ops, longtime military author and special-ops expert Fred Pushies takes on the entire scope of America's elite fighting forces, beginning with their earliest days. Pushies profiles hundreds of weapons, gear, vehicles, missions, and commandos, from eighteenth-century fighters like Francis Marion right up through the most advanced capabilities of today's Green Berets, Rangers, SEALs, Marine Force Recon, US Air Force combat controllers, CIA Special Activities Division, and more - well over 350 entries in all. From the tomahawks used by Rogers's Rangers to special-ops legends like Col. Aaron Bank to Operation Neptune Spear and beyond, US Special Ops is a comprehensive, informative, and unique survey of all aspects of US special operations, past and present.
In addition to the coverage of special ops and SEALs, there is the complete story of the killing of Osama bin Laden by U.S. forces at a compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan as described by American government officials.
Author: Department of Defense
U.S. Navy SEALs, instrumental in the raid of Osama bin Laden's compound in Pakistan, are featured in this comprehensive report on U.S. special operations forces with complete coverage of the forces fighting terrorism worldwide, including the Special Warfare Command and USSOCOM. Coverage includes: Mission Types; Benefits; Prep School; BUD/S training; Advanced Training; Application Steps and How to Become a SEAL; Strength Training; Swim Training; Run Training; Nutrition Training; Injury Prevention Training; recommended reading list; frequently asked questions; nutrition guidelines; alcohol and performance; Hall of Heroes; special operations in World War II, Korea, Vietnam, and recent wars including Afghanistan and Iraq; Navy SEAL museum; Naval Combat Demolition Unit; duty stations in Coronado California, Little Creek Virginia, and Pearl Harbor; USSOCOM Special Operations Command including Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines; Fort Bragg, Hurlburt Field and MacDill Air Force Base; Army JFK Special Warfare Center and School; Rangers; Nightstalker, SEAL Team platoons; military working dogs and NSW dogs; tactical ground mobility; SWCC Western Maneuvering Area; ground mobility platforms; Rigid Hull Inflatable Boat; MKV special operations craft; special operations craft riverine; undersea platforms; SEAL delivery vehicle; Air Force Special Ops Aircraft; unmanned aircraft systems; dive assault gear; P226 Pistol; MK11 sniper rifle; M13 grenade launcher; SCAR Special Ops Combat Assault Rifle; machine guns; rotary wing helicopter support; dry deck shelter (DDS); controversies over training ranges; applying ethics; and much more. In addition to the coverage of special ops and SEALs, there is the complete story of the killing of Osama bin Laden by U.S. forces at a compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan as described by American government officials. Navy SEALs are a special breed of warrior who conduct special operations in any environment, but who are uniquely trained and equipped to operate from, around and in maritime areas. SEALs take their name from the environments in which they are trained to operate: sea, air and land. Their small highly trained teams usually work quietly at night conducting some of the nation's most important missions. SEALs are constantly deployed throughout the world to protect national interests. Navy SEALs and their high speed boat driving counterparts, Naval Special Warfare Combatant-Craft Crewmen, form the operational arms of the Naval Special Warfare community, which is headed by the Naval Special Warfare Command. NSW acts both as the Navy's special operations force as well as the Navy component of the U.S. Special Operations Command, which is responsible for all U.S. special operations forces. NSW training and preparation stresses an enduring commitment to individual initiative, personal responsibility and mission accomplishment. Naval Special Warfare goes to great lengths to ensure that its forces are capable and prepared.
The story of any military operation revolves not just around strategies and equipment, but around people.
Author: Fred PUSHIES
Publisher: AMACOM Div American Mgmt Assn
The story of any military operation revolves not just around strategies and equipment, but around people. Now for the first time, readers will get an intimate look at the people behind CAS—Close Air Support. Their work is both delicate and deadly, their actions rooted in months of planning and executed with split-second timing. Acting as a bridge between special ops ground troops and lethal air power, CAS demands a skill set unparalleled even among the most elite military forces. But just as important is the mindset, dedication, and daring of a very special brand of Airman. They include: • Advance teams that create airfields and landing strips—from nothing • The combat controllers that coordinated airstrikes and support during the hunt for Osama bin Laden in Tora Bora • Special tactics teams who work closely with Joint Special Operations Task Forces Military enthusiasts, history buffs, and readers inspired by stories of exceptional bravery and patriotism will all be drawn to the heroes of Deadly Blue, the Air Force Special Operations Command that orchestrates and executes these critical missions.
The group specializes in hostage rescues and other difficult procedures to protect the lives of Americans throughout the world. Delta uses some of the most sophisticated weapons in the field today, and all are detailed in this book.
Author: Fred Pushies
Publisher: Zenith Press
America’s elite counterterrorist organization, Delta Force, is a handpicked group of the U.S. Army’s finest soldiers. The group specializes in hostage rescues and other difficult procedures to protect the lives of Americans throughout the world. Delta uses some of the most sophisticated weapons in the field today, and all are detailed in this book. Pistols, sniper rifles, special mission aircraft, fast attack vehicles, SCUBA and paratrooper gear, and more are presented in this fully illustrated account of our country’s heroes and their tools of the trade.
This book introduces readers to the elite special operations forces of each branch of the U.S. military.
Author: John Hamilton
Publisher: ABDO Publishing Company
Category: Juvenile Nonfiction
This book introduces readers to the elite special operations forces of each branch of the U.S. military. Historical information highlights the colonial scouts used during King PhilipÍs War, Captain Robert Rogers' special forces during the French and Indian War, Colonel Thomas Knowlton, Brigadier General Daniel Morgan, and Colonel Francis MarionÍs rangers and irregulars during the Revolutionary War, the Union and the ConfederacyÍs rangers during the American Civil War, the Army Rangers formed during World War II, and the importance of special forces during the Cold War, the Vietnam War, and the wars against terrorism. Readers will learn about the varied but intense training required of the few who qualify to become special forces, including navigation, first aid, parachuting, and weapons training involving pistols, sniper rifles, machine guns, explosives, hand grenades, and even night vision goggles, and their continued emphasis on excellence. Other chapters cover individual groups, including specialties such as desert and mountain training of the Army Rangers, missions, duties, and requirements such as foreign language skills of the Green Berets, the history and secrecy behind Delta Force and their job preventing terrorism, the advanced weapons and combat training, underwater and hostage rescue missions, and history of the Navy SEALs, the amphibious actions and unique perspective of Marine Corps Force Reconnaissance, and the close air support, search and rescue missions, and close work with Army Rangers and Navy SEALs of Air Force Special Operations. Full-color photographs, sidebars, fun facts, a graphic timeline, a glossary, and an index accompany this easy-to-read text.
Thomas Adams argues for a shift in expectations with a greater willingness to accept lengthy commitments and incremental progress.
Author: Thomas K. Adams
Armies in the 1990s are commonly involved in low-level, ill-defined, politically charged, messy situations known collectively as "unconventional warfare". Thomas Adams argues for a shift in expectations with a greater willingness to accept lengthy commitments and incremental progress.
When America wants to display its might, the Commander in Chief will send in the Marines. With the creation of MARSOC, chances are they are already there.
Author: Fred Pushies
Publisher: Zenith Press
In 2006, the U.S. Marines officially became part of the U.S. Special Operations Command (SOCOM) with the creation of the Marine Special Operations Command (MARSOC). Drawn from the ranks of the Force Recon companies, these highly skilled and combat-proven Leathernecks would take the war to al Qaeda and the Taliban in America’s global war on terrorism. MARSOC is steeped in the heritage of the Marine Raiders of World War II, Force Reconnaissance companies of Vietnam, and Detachment-One, which stood up after the attacks on 9/11. Their mission is to win wars before they begin, taking the warfare beyond the front line. When America wants to display its might, the Commander in Chief will send in the Marines. With the creation of MARSOC, chances are they are already there.
Special Forces includes: The making of Special Forces personnel: recruitment and training A rare look at actual Special Forces Group deployment Exercises Tools of the trade: weapons, communications and sensor equipment, survival gear Roles ...
Author: Tom Clancy
They are sent to the world's hot spots-on covert missions fraught with danger. They are called on to perform at the peak of their physical and mental capabilities, primed for combat and surveillance, yet ready to pitch in with disaster relief operations. They are the Army's Special Forces Groups. Now follow Tom Clancy as he delves into the training and tools, missions and mindset of these elite operatives. Special Forces includes: The making of Special Forces personnel: recruitment and training A rare look at actual Special Forces Group deployment Exercises Tools of the trade: weapons, communications and sensor equipment, survival gear Roles and missions: a mini-novel illustrates a probable scenario of Special Forces intervention Exclusive photographs, illustrations and diagrams Plus: an interview with General Hugh Shelton, USA, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff (and the former Commander-in-Chief of the U.S. Special Operations Command-USSOCOM)
From the streets of Mogadishu to the caves around Kandahar, the military might of the United States in the twenty-first century often sits in the hands of a select group of elite fighters from all branches of the armed forces. If a rapid but low-intensity response is needed to help diffuse a potentially explosive or sensitive situation, the highly trained units of the Special Operations Forces are called in to take on the mission. Doing battle from the air, on land, and in the sea, these men must demonstrate the highest levels of strength, endurance, and intelligence to combat any enemy under every imaginable circumstance. They are called upon to undertake such varied tasks as airfield seizures, ambushes, guerrilla warfare, hostage rescue, intelligence reconnaissance, psychological warfare, or counterterrorism - often against an elusive or scattered foe. For each unit, author Fred Pushies offers inside information to explain every aspect of the work and history of these experts in unconventional warfare. Each chapter covers a specific unit, with sections on history, structure and hierarchy, training, weapons and equipment, and missions and tactics. More than 200 photos accompany this in-depth and essential guide to America's elite fighting forces.
They are Air Force with an attitude, and this is their story.U. S. Air Force Special Ops is a rare inside look at a force that prizes its anonymity, often taking the part of the unsung heroes in critical covert operations.
Author: Fred J. Pushies
Publisher: Zenith Press
Before the frogmen of the Navy SEALs fast-roped in, this team may have been there, marking the area with infra-beacons. Before the U.S. Army Rangers ever executed an air drop on a drop zone, this team might have been there for days. Who are these men? They are the warriors of the Air Force Special Operations Command. Their gunships and special mission aircraft insert, supply, and support special forces. They do what they have to, whatever the mission. They are Air Force with an attitude, and this is their story.U. S. Air Force Special Ops is a rare inside look at a force that prizes its anonymity, often taking the part of the unsung heroes in critical covert operations. The book ranges from their early roots and operational history to todays intense training program, covering new squadrons geared to the war on terror; from their arsenal of weapons and equipment to their sophisticated aircraft, like the AC-130U "Spectre" gunships bristling with 25mm chaingun, 40mm Bofors and 105mm howitzer cannon and the correspondingly lethal MH-53 Pave Low helicopter.
The Joint Operational Stock (JOS) is a centrally-located inventory of Special-Operations- peculiar weapons and equipment, managed by the United States Special Operations Command (USSOCOM).
Author: Michael A. Pfarrer
The Joint Operational Stock (JOS) is a centrally-located inventory of Special-Operations- peculiar weapons and equipment, managed by the United States Special Operations Command (USSOCOM). New procurement of JOS weapons and equipment is currently planned by manually prioritizing the item-wise shortfalls experienced in the JOS inventory during the previous year. This method has not always provided convincing justification for finding, as indicated by the loss of such finding in fiscal year 1999. Also, new technology and other items not historically demanded must be handled in an ad-hoc fashion. We introduce a procurement planning tool that seeks to maximize the ability to completely loadout special operations missions by coordinating year-by-year procurement of individual items. Rather than focus just on history, we concentrate on supporting future missions over an entire multi-year planning horizon. The plans are quickly suggested by a simple greedy myopic heuristic that we show to produce almost-optimal advice.
Release on 2018-02-05 | by Combat Studies Institute
The purpose of the book is not to resolve Army special operations doctrinal issues, to clarify or update military definitions, or to be the "definitive" history of the continuing unconventional war in Afghanistan.
Author: Combat Studies Institute
"Weapon of Choice" presents a history of the U.S. Army special operations forces in Afghanistan from 11 September 2001 to 15 May 2002, during America's global war on terrorism. The purpose of the book is not to resolve Army special operations doctrinal issues, to clarify or update military definitions, or to be the "definitive" history of the continuing unconventional war in Afghanistan. The purpose is to demonstrate how the war to drive the Taliban from power, help Afghan people, and assist the Afghan Interim Authority (AIA) rebuild the country afterward was successfully accomplished by majors, captains, warrant officers, and sergeants on tactical teams and aircrews at the lowest levels. Contents: Prelude to Terror Awakening the Giant "Subdue Without Fighting" Developing the SOF Campaign Top Draft Choices Committed to Middle East Exercises Civil Affairs to Islamabad, Pakistan Site Coordination With the Uzbeks at Karshi Kanabad Uncorking the Bottled Airlift Toppling the Taliban in Afghanistan, 19 October-7 December 2001 Jumping Into the Dark Showing American Power "Look, We Have to Get the Special Forces Teams Into Afghanistan!" On Horseback With Dostum A "Bump" and Missiles in the Abyss 500 Afghans Can Die, But Not One American Can Be Injured Al-Qaeda Uprising—Qala-i-Jangi The Karzai Way to Kandahar The Campaign in Transition, 8 December 2001-28 February 2002 Old Glory Flies Again in Kabul Taking Down al-Qaeda at the Mir Wais Hospital Politics, War, and Rapport End of Mission—Aerial Resupply in Afghanistan The New War Entering the Valley D-Day ANACONDA From the Viewpoint of Force Multipliers "Good Morrrrning, Afghannnnistan" Driving the Taliban From Power Transition and Combat Operations
U.S. Special Forces provides a handy and comprehensive compendium, including descriptions of the units and their operational specialties, training, and organization, as well as the equipment and technological gadgetry, weapons, armor, ...
Author: Samuel A. Southworth
Publisher: Hachette UK
President George W. Bush has told all Americans that the war against terrorism would be like no other war. But what does this mean? Who will fight? How will they fight? What weapons will be used? Most informed commentators agree that the war against terrorism will be fought largely by "special forces"—that is, by a relatively new community within the American military known as Special Operations Forces, or SOF's. This new "branch" of the armed forces was created in the mid–1980s and is organized under its own unified command, called U.S. Special Operations Command (SOCOM). Consisting of special units from the other branches of the armed forces, such as Green Berets, Rangers, SEALs, and Delta Force, this new fighting command is recognized internationally as the most well-trained and well-equipped special operations force in the world. Their missions are varied—including combat terrorism, search and rescue, reconnaissance, humanitarian assistance, peacekeeping duty, and conventional and unconventional warfare.Despite special forces' international reputation for excellence, Americans know little about this remarkable fighting force. U.S. Special Forces provides a handy and comprehensive compendium, including descriptions of the units and their operational specialties, training, and organization, as well as the equipment and technological gadgetry, weapons, armor, planes, helicopters, and support vehicles used by each unit.
Release on 2014-05-01 | by United States United States Army Special Operations Command
This brief history identifies the precursors and major developments that created modern U.S. Army SF. FM 3-18 is the principal manual for Special Forces (SF) doctrine.
Author: United States United States Army Special Operations Command
There has always been a romantic fascination with special operations forces (SOF). The idea of secret commandos or Rangers striking from the shadows surprising the enemy with overwhelming speed, violence of action, and cutting-edge technology appeals to America's image of highly trained, elite Soldiers. There is, however, another Soldier who fights from the shadows. This one is perhaps less known and far less understood. His real weapons are a deep understanding of terrain, the relationships built, and the influence developed to motivate and train others to take up the fight. These Soldiers are the U.S. Army SF, the "quiet professionals" whom history and popular culture often overlook. Designed to organize, train, and support indigenous personnel in behind-the-lines resistance activities, SF belongs to an organization unique in the Army's history. Founded at the Psychological Warfare Center at Fort Bragg in 1952 and based upon lessons learned and formation used in guerrilla warfare during World War II, its sole purpose was UW. The experience in Vietnam gave SF a second purpose: countering a subversive insurgency. This brief history identifies the precursors and major developments that created modern U.S. Army SF. FM 3-18 is the principal manual for Special Forces (SF) doctrine. It describes SF roles, missions, capabilities, organization, mission command, employment, and sustainment operations across the range of military operations. Topics include: The History of Special Forces-World War II, The Cold War, and Modern Special Forces The Role of Special Forces Special Forces Guidance and Principal Tasks The Organization of Special Forces-US Special Operations Command and the John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Center and School Employment of Special Forces-County Teams, Theater of Operations, and Training Programs Unconventional Warfare and Foreign Internal Defense
Finally, SOCOM must properly integrate personnel within the interagency to properly contribute to ongoing counterproliferation efforts.This compilation includes a reproduction of the 2019 Worldwide Threat Assessment of the U.S. Intelligence ...
Author: U. S. Military
Publisher: Independently Published
In the two years since the Unified Command Plan (UCP) was changed to designate U.S. Special Operations Command (SOCOM) as the lead Department of Defense (DoD) synchronizer for all countering weapons of mass destruction (CWMD) plans, tangible progress has been slow. Organizations such as the Pentagon's Unity of Effort Council and SOCOM's CWMD Fusion Center are billed on paper as entities that can assist SOCOM in understanding the nuclear counterproliferation problem and help SOCOM plan responses to a WMD event. However, few people within these organizations understand the problem, are connected with the relevant agencies within the U.S. government (USG), and have a clear sense of what needs to occur. Even fewer members of the CWMD community across the interagency (IA) are aware of SOCOM's efforts. This study analyzes SOCOM's contribution to the USG nuclear counterproliferation mission and arrives at four conclusions. First, Theater Special Operation Commands (TSOCs) are the best postured in the DoD to contribute to a nuclear CP mission. Second, TSOCs can leverage the experience of Theater Special Operations forces. Third, TSOCs must ensure that their personnel receive basic knowledge of nuclear technologies, proliferation networks, and USG strategy and policy related to nuclear non-proliferation and counterproliferation. Finally, SOCOM must properly integrate personnel within the interagency to properly contribute to ongoing counterproliferation efforts.This compilation includes a reproduction of the 2019 Worldwide Threat Assessment of the U.S. Intelligence Community.I. Introduction * A. Background * B. The Role of SOCOM in Counterproliferation * C. Literature Review * D. Scope of Research and Assumptions * E. Methodology * II. The Role of a Theater Special Operations Command in Nuclear Counterproliferation * A. Description of a TSOC * B. TSOC Suitability For Nuclear Counterproliferation Operations * C. TSOCs Gaps and Limitations * D. Optimizing the TSOC * III. Potential TSOC Role in USG Counterproliferation Efforts Against a State Actor * A. Introduction * B. Scenario * C. Assumptions * D. The Task * E. Deploy SOCFWDS * F. Prepare The Environment * G. Employ A Partner Force * H. Adjust TSOC Structure * I. Sum of Effects * J. Conclusion * IV. Recommendations * A. Organizational Structure * B. More Effective Collaboration With the IA * C. Where the Contributions of TSOCs LieIn the two years that have passed since the Unified Command Plan (UCP) was changed to designate U.S. Special Operations Command (SOCOM) as the lead Department of Defense (DoD) synchronizer for all countering weapons of mass destruction (CWMD) plans, tangible progress has been slow. The DoD CWMD campaign plan has yet to be completed, little collaboration with the interagency (IA) has transpired, and tangible effects in the mission space have yet to be realized. Meanwhile, the threat of nuclear proliferation continues to metastasize. This research examines potential ways Theater Special Operations Commands (TSOCs) can contribute to SOCOMs and the United States government's (USG) nuclear counterproliferation (CP) efforts against an adversarial state actor.
From night-vision goggles to mini submarines, US Special Operations Forces Equipment and Vehicles explores the gear that the different special forces groups use to complete these missions.
Author: Elizabeth Pagel-Hogan
The US Special Operations Forces across the military complete special missions to keep the United States safe. From night-vision goggles to mini submarines, US Special Operations Forces Equipment and Vehicles explores the gear that the different special forces groups use to complete these missions. Easy-to-read text, vivid images, and helpful back matter give readers a clear look at this subject. Features include a table of contents, infographics, a glossary, additional resources, and an index. Aligned to Common Core Standards and correlated to state standards. Kids Core is an imprint of Abdo Publishing, a division of ABDO.