In the eighth segment of his interview series, Dick Marcinko discusses the unintended consequences faced by Red Cell, a program initiated by the Navy to assess and improve the security of its bases against potential terrorist threats. He reveals that the program’s effectiveness ironically exposed the Navy’s significant security vulnerabilities. Moreover, Marcinko highlights the Navy’s misallocation of Special Operations forces, particularly criticizing the overuse of Navy SEALs in conventional assault missions. Such assignments, he argues, detract from their specialized waterborne operational skills, necessitating costly and time-consuming retraining. Acknowledging these issues, the Navy has declared a strategic shift, focusing on reorienting the SEAL Teams toward their foundational maritime training and capabilities.