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January 10, 2013

The Evolution of the 75th Ranger Regiment (Part 3)

The Regiment isn’t interested in taking a victory lap, but performance has a way of speaking for itself.  We were not going to advertise it here but also knew that news this big could not be kept under wraps forever.  On the 3rd of January, the Congressional Research Service released a report called U.S. Special Operations Forces (SOF): Background and Issues for Congress.  The interesting part comes on page 5 which gives a brief overview of JSOC:

According to DOD, JSOC “provides a joint headquarters to study special operations requirements, ensures interoperability and equipment standardization, develops joint special operations plans and tactics, and conducts joint special operations exercises and training.” While not officially acknowledged by DOD or USSOCOM, JSOC, which is headquartered at Pope Air Force Base, NC, is widely believed to command and control what are described as the military’s special missions units—the Army’s Delta Force, the Navy’s SEAL Team Six, the 75th Ranger Regiment, the 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment, and the Air Force’s 24th Special Tactics Squadron. JSOC’s primary mission is believed to be identifying and destroying terrorist sand terror cells worldwide.

As I told Brandon the other day, GWOT Season 1 is over and will be out on DVD soon.  Season 2 is just getting started…

About the Author

is an eight year Army Special Operations veteran who served as a Sniper and Team Leader in 3rd Ranger Battalion and as a Senior Weapons Sergeant on a Military Free Fall team in 5th Special Forces Group. Having left the military in 2010, he graduated from Columbia with a BA in political science. Murphy is the author of Reflexive Fire, Target Deck, Direct Action, and numerous non-fiction articles about Weapons, Tactics, Special Operations, Terrorism, and Counter-Terrorism. He has appeared in documentaries, national television, and syndicated radio.

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  • Coriolis effect

    Why isn't the Activity listed under JSOC

  • RedWanderer

    Thanks for the clarification about being off base in some cases.  I was drawn in by the author's clean writing style, which made me want to read the whole thing.  I was also amazed with casualty stats.

  • JackMurphyRGR

    @STTAB It is Congress after all.  They don't know much of anything, but they are intentionally beating around the bush with those passages.

  • ThomasVictorio

    @Abn_rngr I don't think they'll ever lose competency in doing those larger scale missions. Example as of late they still do airfield exercises (if you look hard enough in the news).

  • ThomasVictorio

    @JackMurphyRGR been reading that one. What does the Ranger community think about him having done that?