Academic journal article Military Review

Special Forces: A Guided Tour of U.S. Army Special Forces

Academic journal article Military Review

Special Forces: A Guided Tour of U.S. Army Special Forces

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SPECIAL FORCES: A Guided Tour of U.S. Army Special Forces, Tom Clancy with John Gresham, Berkley Books, New York, 2001, 366 pages, $16,00.

In Special Forces: A Guided Tour of US. Army Special Forces, Tom Clancy continues his examination of the U.S. military machine, explaining the elements, equipment, and organization of the Special Operations Command. Clancy focuses on U.S. Special Forces (SF), also known as Green Berets, but he explains the differences in Special Forces, Rangers, and other special operations organizations. While he profiles the average SF trooper, his training, and operations, Clancy cannot resist dwelling on high-tech toys. Exotic, specialized equipment makes today's Special Forces more effective, although admittedly some of it must be left behind when working with less generously supplied organizations.

The book has some defects. For example, Clancy places the early antiterrorist team "Blue Light" in Europe, but most readers will remember this as being a project of the 5th SF Group at Fort Bragg, which was used as a close-quarter combat training center after the antiterrorist mission went to Delta Force. Clancy wastes time by dwelling on a former Special Operations Command commander's conventional experience that was not related to Special Forces. …

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