Oppose Any Foe: The Rise of America’s Special Operations Forces

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May 17, 2017 Oppose Any Foe: The Rise of America’s Special Operations Forces

Born as small appendages to the conventional armies of World War II, America’s most elite warriors – the Special Operations Forces – have grown into a behemoth of 70,000 troops.

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

11:00 am - 12:00 pm

The Heritage Foundation

214 Massachusetts Ave NE
Washington, DC
20002

Author

Mark Moyar

Mark Moyar is Director of the Center for Military and Diplomatic History in Washington, DC. Author of five previous books, he has served as a Senior Fellow at the Joint Special Operations University and a consultant for the U.S. Special Operations Command.

Description

Born as small appendages to the conventional armies of World War II, America’s most elite warriors – the Special Operations Forces – have grown into a behemoth of 70,000 troops, including Navy SEALs, Army Special Forces, Special Operations Marines, Rangers, and Delta Force.  In Oppose Any Foe, historian Mark Moyar introduces a colorful cast of military men with exceptional talent, courage and selflessness.  America's Special Operations Forces have become the most popular members of the military.  Yet, the public knows little about their seventy-five year history and the neither easy nor glamorous journey that they took to reach these heights. 

Presidents from Franklin Roosevelt to Barack Obama have championed Special Operations Forces, but their enthusiasm has often surpassed their understanding, resulting in misuse or overuse of these troops.  Lacking clearly defined missions, Special Operations Forces have had to reinvent themselves time and again to prove their value in the face of fierce critics.  Highlighting both the heroism of America's most elite soldiers and the controversies surrounding their growth, Oppose Any Foe presents the first comprehensive history of these warriors and their daring missions.

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