Balancing an Imperfect Relationship Between Special Forces and Their Rotary Wing Assets



Neil Waghorn
05/31/2011

The US special forces night time raid, launched deep inside Pakistan against Osama Bin Laden, has been heralded by US officials as a ‘perfect operation’. This ‘perfect’ raid, while successful in eliminating Al Qaeda’s number one, resulted in the loss of a previously unseen military helicopter, endangering the Navy Seals and the success of the mission (and causing a fair amount of diplomatic fallout). In fact, there exists a long standing – if not always well...
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