Chris Martin did an excellent job compiling and assembling an open source history of SEAL Team 6. This is one of the most informative and honest pieces of work on Six.

The (Open) Secret History of SEAL TEAM 6 Part One

“It Is What We Do”

Operation Neptune Spear was merely the conclusion of a vast and overarching mission that stood out as exceptional in a multitude of ways.  A nation’s desperate call for justice was answered in the early hours of May 2, 2011; Osama bin Laden met his end inside his Abbottabad, Pakistan, hideout in the form of two lethal rounds fired by an American commando.i
But the path to that moment was extensive, fraught with setbacks, and required that a litany of seemingly impossible problems be solved along the way.ii

In early 1996, for the first time in CIA history, a ‘station’ was opened with the sole intent of tracking a single individual.iii