Spec Ops: Case Studies in Special Operations Warfare: Theory and Practice
The Theory of Special Operations by William McRaven 1993 is a book-length thesis describing 8 case-studies of special ops missions and the degree to which they adhere to a few principles for spec-ops success that McRaven extracts from their successes/failures. The case-studies are in chronological order and primarily WWII-oriented:
Battle of Fort Eben-Emael
Raid on Alexandria (1941)
St Nazaire Raid
Gran Sasso raid
Raid at Cabanatuan
Operation Ivory Coast
Operation Entebb ...more
Quite often, books about special forces are heavily based on anecdote and action. They still explain and illuminate the tasks and missions of special forces, if the reader pays attention to the details and connects all the dots. William R. McRaven eschews that approach and makes the case for special forces in his book "Spec Ops", a book he penned while commander of Seal Team 3 in the 1990s.
By appl ...more
So, the narratives are interesting but the application of the methodology to each historical mission can be a bit dry and repetitive to the lay reader.
I was certainly aware of each chapter's mission although not to the level of de ...more
I would like to compare the raid on bin Laden's compound, which McRaven was the a ...more
Word on the street is he played a pretty key role in the death of Bin Laden. He may not have pulled the trigger but it was his command that planned and executed the Op. Panetta, former head of the CIA, is said to have handed Operation Neptune's Spear over to McRa ...more
To summarize the book, the author, in the attainment of his masters degree, sought to develop a theory of special operations. In his vie ...more
The theory is that successful special operations share six attributes: Simplicity, security, repetition, surprise, speed, and purpose, that when present through the appropriate phase of the operation (plannin ...more
A country cannot have only special forces, that is also very clear from the book, as they don't have that much staying power. A mixture of conventional forces for more mundane tasks and special forces for those ope ...more
Films, video games and television understandably forgo the exposition in favor of expedient thri ...more
Perhaps I am the wrong reader for a book of this type, perhaps the intended audience is the group of people actively engaged in special ...more
Really enjoyable book that examines spec ops case studies and evaluates how principles are adhered to. A must read for military members that are only used to "conventional force" employment.