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Army Rangers in Action (Special Ops) (Library Binding), by Michael Sandler, Bearport Publishing (January 2008). Information

Green Berets: The U.S. Army Special Forces (Inside Special Operations) (Library Binding), by Jan Goldberg, Rosen Publishing Group; 1 edition (October 2002).
A look at the Special Forces, better known as the Green Berets, including their purpose, history, missions, requirements, training, and equipment. Information

Marine Force Recon in Action (Special Ops) (Library Binding), by Michael Sandler, Bearport Publishing (January 2008). Information

Perilous Options: Special Operations as an Instrument of U.S. Foreign Policy (Hardcover), by Lucien S. Vandenbroucke, Oxford University Press, USA (October 28, 1993).
Drawing extensively on declassified government documents, interviews with key decision makers and participants in these episodes, and other primary material, Perilous Options identifies recurrent problems in the way the United States government has prepared and executed such operations. These recurrent problems, outlined by key participants in these four special operations, include faulty intelligence, poor interagency and interservice cooperation and coordination, inadequate information and advice provided to decisionmakers, wishful thinking on the part of decisionmakers, and overcontrol of mission execution from outside the theater of operations. Vandenbroucke also explores the extent to which recent efforts to revitalize the U.S. operations capability have addressed these problems, identifying additional changes that can improve the government's ability to plan,
evaluate, and execute such operations.
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Serving Your Country: Air Assault Teams/Green Berets/U.S. Army Rangers/U.S. Navy Seals/U.S. Marine Corps/U.S. Air Force/U.S. Army/U.S. Navy (Serving Your Country) (School & Library Binding), by Michael Green, Capstone Press (June 1998). Information

Special Forces, Terrorism and Strategy: Warfare By Other Means (Cass Military Studies) (Hardcover), by Finlan, Routledge; 1 edition (September 18, 2007).
This volume undertakes a systematic analysis of the relationship between Special Forces and contemporary strategy, explaining the resurgence of interest in Special Forces, particularly in the West, by exploring their appeal over traditional conventional force options in the current War on Terror. Information

The Only Easy Day Was Yesterday: Making Navy SEALs (Hardcover), by Richard D. Schoenberg, Naval Institute Press (March 1, 2006).
This is the second edition of the "The Only Easy Day Was Yesterday". The book has been revised and contains a new dedication page. Now published by the Naval Institute Press. Information

To Be a U.S. Navy SEAL (Paperback), by Cliff Hollenbeck, Zenith Press (August 2003).
This is an introduction into what it really means to be a U.S. Navy SEAL in today's U.S. Navy-in the sea, in the air, and on the land. The U.S. Navy's elite specialists are among the most highly trained forces capable of undertaking dangerous missions into enemy territory. Hollenbeck takes you through the relentless twenty-five week training, including 'hell' week, when soldiers are put through five days of training with fewer than 4 hours of sleep. Information

To Fight with Intrepidity: The Complete History of the U.S. Army Rangers 1622 to Present (Hardcover), by J. D. Lock (Author), Harold G. Moore (Foreword), Fenestra Books; 2 edition (October 1, 2001).
General Colin L. Powell, U.S. Army (Ret): A fascinating and informative history of the most elite of the Army's troops. Information

U.S. Air Force Special Forces: Special Operations Wings (Warfare and Weapons) (Library Binding), by Tracey Boraas, Capstone Press (January 2000). Information

U.S. Air Force Special Operations Training Handbook (World Business Library) (Paperback), Intl Business Pubns USA (September 2002). Information

US Special Forces and Couterinsurgency in Vietnam: Military Innovation and Institutional Failure, 1961-63 (Strategy and History) (Hardcover), by Ives, Routledge; 1 edition (February 23, 2007). Information

US Special Operations Forces in Action: The Challenge of Unconventional Warfare (Paperback), by Thomas K. Adams, Routledge; 1 edition (June 1, 1998).
Modern armies are planned and structured to fight massive World War II-type operations involving the large-scale movements of tanks and machinery across continents. In fact they are rarely called upon to participate in such conflicts. It is far more common for them to find themselves involved in lower-level, ill-defined, politically charged, messy situations known collectively as "unconventional warfare", typified by the 1990s conflicts in Somalia, Haiti, Rwanda, El Salvador and Nicaragua.
Thomas Adams argues that, for the most part, the conventional war-fighting forces of the USA are not the best military forces to deal with such situations, where there is a lack of a clearly-defined enemy and a need for persuasion, negotiation and even community leadership alongside elements who are willing to resort to deadly force. The appropriate components of the US miltary to deal with this, in his view, are the Special Operations Forces (SOF). He discusses the composition of the SOF and their varying roles, discussing their evoluation, strengths and weaknesses, and gives a history of US involvement in non-conventional warfare from the American revolution to the 1990s. He argues that the US Department of Defense still sees military conflict in the form of conventional warfare, with its emphasis on high-technology combat. The very existence of high-technology systems, however, makes conventional warfare less likely, with the result that the US Army may become vulnerable to "low-tech" offensives, and already there has been an increase in "unconventional" conflicts since the demise of the Soviet Union.
Adams proposes a change in strategic thinking together with investment in training and a usable military doctrine to guide development. A shift in expectations is required, with a greater willingness to accept lengthy commitments and incremental progress.
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Weapon of Choice: United States Army Special Operations Forces in Afghanistan (Center of Military History Publication) (Paperback), by Charles H. Briscoe, Richard L. Kiper, James A. Schroder and Kalev I. Sepp, Combat Studies Institute (U.S.) (Producer), United States Dept. of Defense (June 13, 2006). Information


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