Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Spec-Ops Troops Study To Be Part-Spy, Part-Gumshoe

Kimberly Dozier at the Associated Press wrote an interesting piece about a new training course at Fort Bragg's Special Warfare Center.

The raid to grab Osama bin Laden inside Pakistan took just under 40 minutes , roughly 10 to get to bin Laden.

Special operators spent much of the rest of the time gathering evidence: computer files, written notes and thumb drives that pointed to new al-Qaida plots and previously secret operatives around the globe.

That science is what special operators of all types are learning at Fort Bragg's Special Warfare Center, with real-life scenarios meant to shock , and teach.

...The coursework is similar to the CIA's legendary spycraft training center called The Farm, and is at the brainchild of Green Beret Maj. Gen. Bennet Sacolick, a veteran of elite special operations units and a long stint on loan to the CIA.

Among the students at the CIA-approved Fort Bragg course are Army Green Berets, Navy SEALs and Marine Corps special operators. As in the Navy SEAL raid that killed bin Laden, everything from computers to fingerprints can be retrieved from a raid site and quickly analyzed. In some cases the analysis is so fast it can lead to several new targets in a single night.

You can read the rest of the story at the below link to

Military Special Operators gathering evidence and intelligence is not a new concept.

None other than Ian Fleming, the creator of the fictional iconic character James Bond, conceived and organized a commando group called the 30 Assault Unit to do just this in World War II.

I wrote a piece on Commander Ian Fleming and his WWII intelligence-commando group for Counterterrorism magazine. You can read the magazine story via the below links:

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