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March 12, 2014

Modern Day Navy SEALs Losing Their Maritime Technology Edge

The Navy SEAL Teams were founded at the direction of President John F. Kennedy in 1962, with the main objective of establishing a unit within the US Navy that could conduct guerrilla warfare in maritime and riverine environments.

Long before the first SEAL Teams were established in the 1960s, the SEAL community had a rich history reaching back to the OSS swimmers of World War II, and the UDTs (Under Water Demolition Teams) that supported SOG (Special Operations Group) with their amphibious landing at Inchon Korea in the 1950s.


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  • JackMurphyRGR

    Jaycel Adkins Huh, so it's not just me saying this stuff...

  • Jaycel Adkins

    Washington Times printed up an article about POTUS running SOF forces into the ground via multiple deployments. The Article ends with this:  A Special Forces soldier, who asked not to be named, said SoCom has been on a spending spree since 2001, buying all sorts of off-the-shelf equipment — some that has worked, some that has not. “When SEAL Team 6 operators are sent on ‘training’ missions to Alaska to go hunting on the government’s dime, you know you have budgets that are both too fat and lack oversight,” the soldier said. “If http://www.washingtontimes.com/topics/william-mcraven/ is concerned with his budget, he should start with fighting the wartime tradition of fiscal abuse that has gone unchecked since 9/11 in the SOF community. Our love affair with special operations has caused the http://www.washingtontimes.com/topics/united-states-department-of-defense/ to turn a blind eye on very questionable fiscal practices.” Read more: http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2014/mar/11/special-ops-forces-wearing-thin-from-high-demand/?page=2#ixzz2vtJUN1JH  How legit is this?

  • clluelo

    Hmm spending billions on equipment not needed or even asked for  and nothing on equipment that is urgently needed.......sounds like my Government. Why does this always happen ??

  • 11BRecon

    Not just bureaucrats in Tampa.  Depending on dollar amount and spending type (Research, Development, Testing and Evaluation; Operations and Maintenance; Procurement), it goes up to OSD level for approval.  That is another added goat-rope itself.

  • YankeePapa

    . ...Book that I read couple of decades ago re history of UDT/SEALs.  Writer said that while "over the beach" (some distance ashore) operations done by UDT in Korea, the SEALs would have a much farther reach... often measured not in distance from the sea... but from airbases.  At the time of changeover, some expressed concern that the focus might shift too far onto land at the expense of skills and development of equipment and tactics related to the maritime environment.  . ...The Israelis have a reputation for technological superiority re their military.  It was not always so.  At first, sheer poverty dictated otherwise.  Later it was hubris.  In the 1973 Israeli infantry facing Syrian regular line infantry were at a massive disadvantage at night.  The Syrians had been issued large amounts of Soviet night vision equipment.  The regular Israeli line infantry had almost none...  . ...As with other poor decisions that came back to bite the Israelis in 1973, some key Israeli commanders had decided that the quality of Israeli troops was so high relative to the opposition that whatever "gadgets" the enemy might have was irrelevant.  It proved to be otherwise... . ...For more on the shocks of the 1973, I suggest (Caution, Book acquisition Alert) . http://www.amazon.com/WAR-ATONEMENT-Inside-Story-Kippur/dp/193514913X/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1394733957&sr=1-1&keywords=the+war+of+atonement . -YP-