America’s Special Operations Forces Are Stretched Thin

Podcast—SOF gets 30 percent of the kills and none of the glory

America’s Special Operations Forces Are Stretched Thin America’s Special Operations Forces Are Stretched Thin
America is at war with Islamic State. Typically, citizens think this war comes in the form of drone strikes, signals intelligence and cooperation with regional... America’s Special Operations Forces Are Stretched Thin

America is at war with Islamic State. Typically, citizens think this war comes in the form of drone strikes, signals intelligence and cooperation with regional partners. But that’s only part of the story.

Even while popular opinion has shunned U.S. “boots on the ground” in the Middle East, U.S. special operations forces are the boots. They conduct complicated operations that take the war directly to Islamic State, fighting and dying in covert operations all across the globe. This strategy might not be sustainable.

This week on War College, freelance journalist Joseph Trevithick walks us through the ins and outs of the commando war on Islamic State and the trick journalists have to use to uncover information about a class of warriors that does its best to go unnoticed.