published in The Atlantic
Bowden, the author of the wildly famous books "Black Hawk Down" and "Killing Pablo," writes a short history of how Special Ops has taken a central role in military intervention on the global stage. Although it occupies only 2% of the defense budget, Special Ops has been the driving force behind some of the most high-profile operations in recent years. Bowden outlines its roots with Ronald Raegan and its culmination in Barack Obama's Presidency. Although he predicts it will "likely remain a primary way America projects force" in the 21st century, it clearly has its own set of risks and shortcomings.
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