Now that you can pick up Season One of the Global War on Terror on DVD at Best Buy, we are rolling into Season Two, live and in HD, in dozens of countries around the world. Season One closed out the Mega-FOB and MRAP portion of the war in Afghanistan and Iraq. With it, the old arguments between Counter-Insurgency and Counter-Terrorism will also be largely a thing of the past with COIN being discredited for at least a generation.

GWOT Season Two will take us from Nigeria to Mali, from the Spratly Islands to emerging arctic maritime trade routes, from Dagestan to Baluchistan as we interact with non-state actors and power players alike. Strategies and tactics will change in Season Two. Many in the Special Operations community are actually in denial as to how deep an impact that GWOT Season One had on the US Military, and on Special Operations in particular.

Many are engaged in wishful thinking, believing that the various SOF units will go back to their pre-9/11 dispositions, back to the way things were for the pilot episodes in Somalia and Colombia. Delta will have the hostage rescue and counter-terrorist mission. Rangers will capture airfields. SEALs will take down ships and oil platforms. But the past is in the past, things are different now.

The emerging conflict within Special Operations is a conflict between shooters and enablers. Most people understand what shooters do. Explosively breach doors, enter and clear rooms, kill bad guys as needed. There is much more to it, of course, but you get the idea. Enablers are those other positions on a Task Force or within a unit which provide specializations that enable the shooters to do their jobs. They are the guys who gather intelligence, they handle the K9s, they operate electronic warfare equipment, they interrogate detainees, they gather evidence on the objective, and so much more. In the Find, Fix, Finish, Exploit, Analyze, Disseminate methodology, it is the shooters who Finish. The enablers do pretty much everything else.