U.S. Special Operations Command

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  • U.S. Army Rangers assigned to 2nd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment, fire at an enemy bunker during Task Force Training on Camp Roberts, Calif., Feb. 1, 2014. Rangers constantly train to maintain their tactical proficiency. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Steven Hitchcock)

    Troops left to fend for themselves after Army was warned of flaws in M4 carbine assault rifle

    Army Senior Warrant Officer Russton B. Kramer, a 20-year Green Beret, has learned that if you want to improve your chances to survive, it's best to personally make modifications to the Army's primary rifle — the M4 carbine.

  • **FILE** Osama bin Laden is pictured here in Afghanistan in April, 1998. (Associated Press)

    Osama bin Laden photos ordered destroyed despite public records request

    Adm. William McRaven's order to purge the bin Laden material came 10 days after The Associated Press asked for the photos and other documents under the U.S. Freedom of Information Act.

  • FILE - In this March 5, 2013, file photo, Navy Adm. William McRaven, commander, U.S. Special Operations Command, testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington. A newly-released email shows that 11 days after the killing of terror leader Osama bin Laden in 2011, McRaven ordered subordinates to destroy any photographs of the al-Qaida founder's corpse or turn them over to the CIA. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)

    Email shows effort to shield bin Laden photos

    A newly-released email shows that 11 days after the killing of terror leader Osama bin Laden in 2011, the U.S. military's top special operations officer ordered subordinates to destroy any photographs of the al-Qaida founder's corpse or turn them over to the CIA.

  • **FILE** Navy Adm. Bill McRaven, commander of the U.S. Special Operations Command, addresses the National Defense Industrial Association in Washington on Feb. 7, 2012. (Associated Press)

    Commander: Special ops to lose $1 billion

    The commander of U.S. Special Operations Command said Tuesday that his unit's budget would lose $1 billion this year as a result of the defense budget stalemate in Washington.

  • Rep. Duncan Hunter (Associated Press)

    Military leaders urgently push for new counterterrorism software

    A U.S. military command has sent an urgent request to the Pentagon to fund counterterrorism intelligence computer software for special operations troops globally, including the Palantir analytical system.

  • ** FILE ** In this image released by Relativity Media, a scene is shown from the film "Act of Valor," which stars real, active-duty Navy SEALs. (Associated Press/Relativity Media)

    Delta Force: Army's 'quiet professionals'

    As Navy SEALs bask in the limelight for daring missions, some in the Army are wondering whether the other half of the nation's counter-terrorism covert warriors — Delta Force — is being upstaged and left in the shadows.

  • The AHH-60 Pave Hawk is used by the Air Force to insert special operations forces and rescue downed airmen. Mission demands on the forces are increasing at a time of budget constraints, causing some in the military to express concern. (The Washington Times)

    Special operations forces to do more with less

    The Obama administration's increasing reliance on special operations forces with a stagnant budget has sparked concern among the elite units that they will be asked to do too much with too little.

  • ** FILE ** On March 20, 2001, President George W. Bush (right) visits the Langley, Va., headquarters of the Central Intelligence Agency, where he thanked CIA employees for their service to their country and spoke of the importance of intelligence collection and analysis. At left is George J. Tenet, director of central intelligence from 1997 to 2004. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

    Military, CIA shun 9/11 panel on covert operations

    The U.S. military and the CIA failed to agree on implementing a key recommendation of the commission that investigated the 9/11 terrorist attacks: Give special-operations commandos the lead for all covert military action.

U.S. Navy SEAL trainees must endure rigorous physical and psychological training and learn precise teamwork at Naval Amphibious Base Coronado in Coronado, Calif., in order to become members of the elite force.

    9/11 changed war-fighting

    The Sept. 11 attacks jolted the U.S. armed forces into a new era of war-fighting in which commando strikes, intelligence collection and manhunts often overshadowed heavy armor and big bombers of yesteryear's conflicts.

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