GLOSSARY in "SEAL Team Six: Memoirs of an Elite Navy SEAL Sniper" by Howard E. Wasdin, Stephen Templin (amazon.com)
- You can look inside the book.
Special forces, or Special Operations forces "are terms used to describe elitemilitarytactical teams trained to perform high-risk dangerous missions that conventional units cannot perform..." (Wikipedia)
Counter-terrorism (also spelled counterterrorism) "is the practices, tactics, techniques, and strategies that governments, militaries, police departments and corporations adopt in response to terrorist threats and/or acts, both real and imputed." Counter-terrorism = Measures intended to combat or reduce terrorist activities (Wikipedia)
"a unit responsible for gathering and interpreting information about an enemy." (wordnetweb.princeton.edu) - "An intelligence agency is a governmental agency that is devoted to information gathering (known in the context as "intelligence") for purposes of national security and defense." (Wikipedia)
Special Reconnaissance (SR) "is conducted by small units of highly trained military personnel, usually from Special Operations Forces (SOF) who avoid combat with, and detection by, the enemy."
The Presidential Unit Citation
"is a senior unit award granted to military units which have performed an extremely meritorious or heroic act, usually in the face of an armed enemy." (Wikipedia)
Unconventional warfare(abbreviated UW) "is the opposite of conventional warfare. Where conventional warfare is used to reduce an opponent's military capability, unconventional warfare is an attempt to achieve military victory through acquiescence, capitulation, or clandestine support for one side of an existing conflict.
On the surface, UW contrasts with conventional warfare in that: forces or objectives are covert or not well-defined, tactics and weapons intensify environments of subversion or intimidation, and the general or long-term goals are coercive or subversive to a political body." (Wikipedia)
ABBREVIATIONS and ACRONYMS :
Basic Underwater Demolition/SEAL
Central Intelligence Agency
foreign internal defense
The Joint Special Operations Command
The United States Naval Special Warfare Development Group
Marine Force Recon : "United States Marine Corps Force Reconnaissance, otherwise known as Force Recon, units are a special operations force under the command of the United States Marine Corps. Many Force Recon Marines have now been integrated into MARSOC, however the Corps still retains itsown dedicated Force Recon units." (forcerecon.americanspecialops.com)
The primary role of Force Recon marine is to gather intelligence in support of USMC operations.
"Navy SEAL trainees bounce off the bottom of the tank to catch their breath
during the Drown Proofing Test at the Combat Training Tank.
The trainees have their feet and hands tied and once freed they swim to safety."
U.S. Navy SEALs Training - 17 PHOTOS
"For weeks, trainees endure grueling mental and physical workouts." (abcnews.go.com)
A SEAL's Salary: Typical Navy SEAL Makes About $54,000 - "with over a dozen years of experience and an E-7 pay grade...
The average ranking of special operations team members across the military branches is E-7, which entitles them to receive a monthly base pay of $2,637.30 to $4,143, according to the Department of Defense... Most military members, not just Special Forces, are eligible to receive incentive pay..." (abcnews.go.com)
Bin Laden: The team that killed him
"The men assigned to capture or kill Osama Bin Laden were part of the US Navy's legendary special forces unit, the Seals. Who are they?...
The guys that become Seals have gifted eyesight, above average intelligence, and are genetically built to withstand a lot of punishment, being pounded a lot." (BBC)
CIA Special Activities Division - Central Intelligence Agency Special Operations
"The Special Activities Division (SAD) is the Central Intelligence Agency's (CIA) covert paramilitary operations unit.
They are one of America's most secretive and lowest profile special ops organizations...
The Special Activities Division, sometimes referred to as the 'Special Operations Group', is made up of Paramilitary Operations Officers.
CIA Paramilitaries are typically ex-military personnel and veterans of military special operations units such as the Green Berets or Marine Force Recon." (cia.americanspecialops.com)
Bin Laden killed: Ten cases of special forces in action
"The US assault on Osama Bin Laden's compound in Pakistan has been hailed as a brilliant example of its kind.
By taking big risks, special forces operations can achieve goals that few would have believed possible - or they can turn into bloody disasters.
Here are 10 notable examples from the last four decades : Operation Thunderbolt - Uganda, July 1976
Operation Eagle Claw - Iran, April 1980
Operation Nimrod - London, May 1980
Loughgall ambush - Northern Ireland, May 1987
Assassination of Abu Jihad - Tunis, April 1988
The Battle of Mogadishu - Somalia, October 1993
Operation Chavin de Huantar - Peru, April 1997
Operation Barras - Sierra Leone, September 2000
Moscow Theatre siege - October, 2002
Operation Jaque - Colombia, July 2008" (BBC)
Ex-Navy Seal writes book about Osama Bin Laden raid - 23 August 2012
"A former member of the US Navy Seal team that killed Osama Bin Laden is to release a first-hand account of the May 2011 operation."
+ a video : "Last week, retired Navy Seals accused President Obama of leaks on the Bin Laden raid." (BBC)
Obama meets and decorates bin Laden force
"US President Barack Obama on Friday met and decorated the "full assault force" behind the clandestine raid that killed Osama bin Laden, a White House official said." He "decorated the entire force handing out Presidential Unit Citations, the highest unit award he has the power to grant." (news.ph.msn.com)
The Presidential Unit Citation "is a senior unit award granted to military units which have performed an extremely meritorious or heroic act, usually in the face of an armed enemy." (Wikipedia)
William McRaven: The Bin Laden raid's mastermind
He "identifies six principles for success: simplicity, security, repetition, surprise, speed and purpose...
He has commanded at every level within special operations, including the leadership of a Navy Seal team..." Read : "A career on the up" (BBC)
Author, journalist, special ops expert
Bin Laden killed: Geronimo code name angers Apaches
"An Apache tribe in the US has demanded an apology from President Obama for using the name of the warrior Geronimo as the code name for Osama Bin Laden. Jeff Houser, Fort Sill Apache Tribal Chairman, said equating the legendary Apache to a mass murderer was painful and offensive to all Native Americans."
3 VIDEOS + 3 AUDIOS + Apache Indian Fact Sheet (sabironlangues.typepad.fr)
The code name for the operation "to capture Osama Bin Laden was Geronimo...
The fact that Bin Laden had been killed by US special forces was reported to President Barack Obama on Sunday with the words "Geronimo EKIA" - Enemy Killed In Action." (BBC) "Bin Laden, code named 'Jackpot', was unarmed but did 'resist'." (dailymail.co.uk)
Hero Dog Helped In The Bin Laden Raid
"The war dogs wear ballistic body armor that is said to withstand damage from single and double-edged knives, as well as protective gear which shields them from shrapnel and gunfire...
These military dogs are used to find explosives, insurgents and drugs, and to help search for missing people. When their careers end after serving overseas canine veterans retire, usually at the age of 8 or 9. They can be adopted through the non-profit Military Working Dog Adoptions." (thedogfiles.com)
"A specially trained military dog, Cairo (a Belgian Malinois) hit the ground with the Seals to help alert them to any hidden threats.
He’s also the only member of the team to be identified by name."
Special operations forces - a quiz
They "are relatively small, often self-sufficient combat units, consisting of highly-trained and well-equipped soldiers, that use teamwork, stealth and speed to achieve the task at hand." (123facts.com)
What Special Forces Are You?
"This is for people that are undecided where they want to go. The Special Operations I have picked for this Quiz are: Air Force P.J., Navy E.O.D., Navy Seals, Army Special Forces, Army Rangers..." (youthink.com)
American Special Forces WW2
"The elite units of the Airborne, Rangers and 1st Special Service Forces were used to spearhead difficult attacks and stalemates throughout the war. This quiz is a broad history and a look at some major campaigns." (funtrivia.com)
The Unit "is an American action-drama television series that focuses on a top-secret military unit modeled after the real-life U.S. Army special operations unit commonly known as Delta Force...
The program features both the domestic lives of the team members and their missions abroad, in addition to the effect their careers have on their home lives, wives and girlfriends...
"The Unit" is the U.S. Armycolloquial term for Delta Force." (Wikipedia)
Film dramatizing bin Laden raid airing Nov. 4
"A film dramatizing the death of Osama bin Laden is set to debut next month on the National Geographic Channel, two days before the presidential election. "Seal Team Six: The Raid on Osama bin Laden" from The Weinstein Co. and Voltage Pictures, will air Sunday, Nov. 4...
"Zero Dark Thirty," from director Kathryn Bigelow and screenwriter Mark Boal, who won Oscars for "The Hurt Locker,"
is scheduled to be released in theaters at the end of the year." + a slideshow : 19 photos (finance.yahoo.com)
Forces spéciales "is a 2011 French war adventure film by Stéphane Rybojad which was shot in France, Djibouti and Tajikistan.
The film shows a little group of elite soldiers on a hopeless mission...
While filming the action scenes, the actors were overseen and advised by French naval special forces according to the press folder available on the official site. Moreover one of their former chief instructors (Alain Alivon) played his own role." (Wikipedia)
Act of Valor - Official Trailer [HD] "An elite team of Navy SEALs embark on a covert mission to recover a kidnapped CIA agent." - American war film directed by Mike McCoy and Scott Waugh.
Medal of Honor game goes on sale amid controversy - with a VIDEO
"The game follows the exploits of Special Forces troops battling insurgents in Afghanistan in 2002.
In August, Defence Secretary Dr Liam Fox called for the game to be banned after it emerged that users could fight as The Taliban." (BBC)