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[infowar.de] US-Spezialeinheiten und das "neue Gesicht des Krieges"
Es geht auch um PsyOps. RB
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Sent: 14 December 2001 16:07
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Subject: U.S. Special Operations Forces Change "Face of War"
By Linda D. Kozaryn
American Forces Press Service
WASHINGTON, Dec. 14, 2001 -- Army Special Forces and
Rangers, Navy Seals and Air Force special operations
commandos operating in Afghanistan "have changed the face
of war," according to a top Pentagon official.
The highly trained, elite troops "dramatically increased
the effectiveness of the air campaign, and on the ground,
they turned the Northern Alliance into a conquering army,"
said Robert Andrews, principal deputy assistant defense
secretary for special operations and low intensity
Speaking at a Dec. 12 news briefing here, Andrews described
U.S. Special Operations Command in Tampa, Fla., as "a small
outfit." The unified command's 45,000 soldiers, sailors and
airmen represent only 1.3 percent of the military's total
personnel. Their mission includes special reconnaissance,
unconventional warfare and direct action missions.
The special ops family also includes civil affairs and
psychological operations specialists. The command's EC-130
Commando Solo aircraft are rigged as airborne broadcasting
studios and air two five-hour radio programs a day over
Afghanistan. U.S. aircraft dropped over 10 million leaflets
produced by the 4th Psychological Operations Group of Fort
Andrews, who was a Special Forces captain in Vietnam, said
special ops units are made up of people who are generally
older and more rigorously trained than their cohorts in the
"When you talk to them," he said, "you'll find that they're
all motivated by a desire to do well at that which is most
In the ongoing fight against the Taliban regime and the Al
Qaeda terrorist network, U.S. special ops forces have
advised, trained and equipped Afghan opposition forces.
>From Kabul to Kandahar, the American fighters served on a
battlefield with 15th century capabilities enhanced by 21st
While high-tech U.S. bombers and jet fighters pounded
terrorist enclaves, U.S. special ops troops rode horseback
alongside Northern Alliance counterparts. As Afghan ground
forces advanced on Taliban and Al Qaeda strongholds,
special ops forces called in coalition airpower.
Any pilot can tell you, Andrews said, it's a lot better to
get information from a guy on the ground who's painting a
target with a laser than to fly your plane and find your
own targets using a "calibrated eyeball."
A "little device" called the JDAM -- Joint Direct Attack
Munition -- represents a revolution in precision weaponry,
he added. "Most of this stuff, as your accuracy goes up, so
does your cost. The accuracy of this thing has gone up; the
cost has gone down tremendously -- about 18,000 bucks a
He closed his remarks about the special operations forces
by quoting George Orwell. "He said, 'We all sleep safe in
our beds because there are rough men who stand ready in the
night to visit violence on those who would do us harm,'"
Andrews said. "And you as Americans -- you're being served
by some very good people."
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