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

Neil Waghorn

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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