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What It Was Like To Be Raised By A Green Beret With PTSD

Seth Gitell | Posted 11.11.2015 | Fifty
Seth Gitell

On this Veterans Day, my family will mark the fifth anniversary of my father's death. Not only did my father, Gerald Gitell, die the night of Veterans Day. He was a Special Forces combat officer in Vietnam.

U.S. Will Send Some Special Forces To Syria

Reuters | Eline Gordts | Posted 10.30.2015 | World

WASHINGTON, Oct 30 (Reuters) - The United States will deploy dozens of special operations forces to northern Syria to advise opposition forces in the...

America's Elite Forces Deploy to a Record-Shattering 147 Countries in 2015

Nick Turse | Posted 10.26.2015 | Politics
Nick Turse

There is, of course, a certain logic to imagining that the increasing global sweep of these deployments is a sign of success. After all, why would you expand your operations into ever-more nations if they weren't successful?

U.S. Special Ops Forces Deployed in 135 Nations

Nick Turse | Posted 09.24.2015 | Politics
Nick Turse

America's most elite troops -- Army Green Berets and Navy SEALs, among others -- and odds are, if you throw a dart at a world map or stop a spinning globe with your index finger and don't hit water, they've been there sometime in 2015.

State of Play: Our Far-flung Crises

William Bradley | Posted 06.25.2015 | Politics
William Bradley

The velocity of events and the fragmentation of the media culture are such that it can be difficult to keep up with how we're doing in various national security crises around the world. Here's the latest state of play on some of the most pressing.

Soldiers, Superstars, Coachella and PTSD: For Photographer Greg Williams, They All Intersect

Anneli Rufus | Posted 06.28.2015 | Arts
Anneli Rufus

He's photographed Daniel Craig, supermodels and AK-47-wielding, crack-crazed Sierra Leonean rebels. He's created poster campaigns for King Kong, Casino Royale and over 150 other major films.

Yemen Crisis Points Up Danger of Our Close Ties To An Increasingly Irrational Middle East

William Bradley | Posted 03.31.2015 | Politics
William Bradley

So we have yet another crisis in a little-known place to worry about. The difference is that, with this one, it's not hard at all to see how it could trigger a regional conflagration.

David Wood

VA Secretary Robert McDonald Falsely Claimed He Served In 'Special Forces' | David Wood | Posted 02.24.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Robert McDonald, the secretary of veterans affairs, wrongly claimed in a videotaped comment earlier this year that he served in the Army...

At the Last, Feinstein Finds Trouble in the Secret World

William Bradley | Posted 12.18.2014 | Politics
William Bradley

It's safe to say that Senator Dianne Feinstein has been anything but a boat-rocker during her six years as chair of the U.S. Senate Intelligence Committee.

Why Do Russia and Iran Have More Cyber Commandos Than the U.S.?

Scott Sigmund Gartner | Posted 02.08.2015 | Politics
Scott Sigmund Gartner

With new DOD leadership, troops returning to Iraq, and an extension of the U.S. stay in Afghanistan, doing more of the same is clearly not enough; it is time to embrace fresh national security ideas.

U.S. to Use Psych Tests to Vett Syrian Rebels for Moderateness

Peter Van Buren | Posted 02.01.2015 | Politics
Peter Van Buren

Many have compared those "moderate Syrian rebels" the U.S. keeps looking for to unicorns. The U.S. now thinks it has a new set of tools to scare the unicorns out of hiding, and to tell the nasty terrorists from the good terrorists: psychological evaluations, biometric checks and stress tests.

ISIS Crisis: Is Obama About to Reverse One of His Worst Decisions?

William Bradley | Posted 08.27.2014 | Politics
William Bradley

President Barack Obama is at last signaling that he may be ready to reverse one of his most foolish and perplexing stances. That is his refusal to strike against ISIS in Syria because it would aid the Assad regime in continuing to exist.

A New Low for Dick Cheney

Robert Hoopes | Posted 08.20.2014 | Media
Robert Hoopes

Republicans have a regrettable history of using key political moments for ridiculous publicity. However, for Dick Cheney to take an international crisis and turn it into a self-centered publicity campaign is a new low entirely.

If There Are U.S. Air Strikes, They Should Not Be For the Purpose of Propping Up the Failed Iraqi State

William Bradley | Posted 08.19.2014 | Politics
William Bradley

While the Iraqi military, with some help from Iran and the U.S., may be able to hold on to what is left within its purview, it's hard to see it reclaiming much territory without major foreign interventions. Which could easily backfire, both for Tehran and Washington, the only capitals which might be involved.

Obama Considers Special Forces To Help In Iraq

AP | By LARA JAKES and JULIE PACE | Posted 08.16.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House is considering sending a small number of American special forces soldiers to Iraq in an urgent attempt to help the...

U.S. Special Forces Quietly Increase Eastern European Presence After Russian Aggression

Reuters | Posted 08.10.2014 | Politics

By Peter Apps WASHINGTON, June 10 (Reuters) - As NATO refocuses on its eastern borders after Russia's annexation of Crimea, the United...

Interview With a Philosopher: The Crucible of Adversity

Tom Morris | Posted 07.16.2014 | Business
Tom Morris

How do you view adversity? What role does it play in your life? Do you always seek to avoid it? Or will you sometimes take on a challenge that you sus...

U.S. Special Forces Struggle With Record Suicides

Reuters | Posted 06.17.2014 | Politics

By Warren Strobel TAMPA, Fla., April 17 (Reuters) - Suicides among U.S. special operations forces, including elite Navy SEALs and Army...

American Hero Stories: A Navy SEAL

Bill_Robinson | Posted 06.14.2014 | Politics

Thom Shea was a Navy SEAL (Sea, Air & Land) for 23 years. Special Operator, Chief SEAL Shea did three tours (approximately six months each) with SEAL Team Two in Kosovo, Macedonia and the Gulf, as well as two tours with SEAL Team Seven in Iraq and Afghanistan.

David Wood

The Green Beret Whose Strategy Could Have Saved Afghanistan, But Not His Career | David Wood | Posted 03.28.2014 | World

A once-promising strategy for stability in Afghanistan ended badly two years ago, along with the career of its author and chief proponent, Army Specia...

Interview With General Banounah

Leena Khan | Posted 01.27.2014 | Teen
Leena Khan

"Once, a poisonous snake bit me on my finger!" He was found and taken to the hospital, where he was confined for nine whole days. General Banounah is lucky to be alive, because apparently, that was an extremely poisonous snake.

Operation Hopeless

Lisa Spinelli | Posted 10.29.2013 | Books
Lisa Spinelli

An unease grew in John Spinelli, deputy chief of station for the CIA in Mogadishu. His stomach knotted itself into a giant wad of apprehension. Something didn't feel right, but there was no turning back now. He had to move on.

Jon Ward

Green Berets Overcome Loss Of Limbs And Look To Help Others Do Same | Jon Ward | Posted 05.27.2013 | Good News

WACO, Texas -- Some people see it as a mixed blessing that modern medicine has saved the lives of many soldiers, only to produce huge numbers of amput...

Matt Sledge

Yale To Train Green Berets? | Matt Sledge | Posted 02.20.2013 | Politics

A Yale University professor currently being criticized for his recent proposal to train U.S. Special Forces in interview techniques has previously con...

How Not to Stage Manage the World

William Bradley | Posted 03.20.2013 | World
William Bradley

I've never been to Mali and know little about it. I have been to neighboring Algeria, but only on its Mediterranean coast. I suspect that is far closer than most of those who are making judgments on Mali today.