Since their creation in 1983, the US Navy SEALs have been involved in unconventional warfare around the globe, undertaking crucial and clandestine missions. These have included traditional underwater missions such as in Panama in 1989, the taking down of ships and also gas and oil platforms, and more recently, sniping and other missions in land-locked countries like Afghanistan. They have adapted their training, their tactics and their weapons to enable them to remain the best in whatever task they are set. This book covers the organization of the SEALs, their famously demanding recruitment, their equipment, and their missions. The authors have interviewed many past and serving SEALs, who tell their stories in their own words.
Mir Bahmanyar was born in Iran, educated in Germany and received his BA in History from the University of California at Berkeley. Mir served in the US Army's 75th Ranger Regiment and has written several books on their history. Mir is also a feature film producer and screenwriter. In 2006 he produced and co-wrote the multi-award winning film Soldier of God. He currently resides in Los Angeles. Chris Osman is a former US Marine and US Navy SEAL. He was on active duty for 11 years, and has two honorable discharges from the Marine Corps and the Navy. Chris is the founder of Tactical Assault Gear, a multi-million dollar manufacturing company that supplies tactical equipment to military and law enforcement units around the world. He lives in San Diego, CA with his wife and daughter.
Authors' Prefaces/Forewords/Part I Command Structure and Training: The US SEALs and Naval Special Warfare Command - Training/Part II Small Wars 1989-2003: The Invasion of Panama 1989 - Counter-drug Operations in Bolivia 1991 - Yugoslavia 1999 and Bosnia 2003/ Part III Global War on Terrorism: Afghanistan 2001-07 - Afghanistan - Camp Rhino - Task Force K-Bar Missions - Operation Redwing/ Part IV Global War on Terrorism: Iraq 2003-07 - Viet-rag - Baghdad - Fallujah - Mosul and Tall Afar - Ramadi/Appendices/ Endnotes/Index