In the hours after the September 11 attacks, the US military began planning what remains the longest air assault ever conducted by US forces.
"I guess it's something that the task force's fighting spirit is universally recognized after so many years," a former Delta Force member told Insider.
In mid-2004, US Army special operators executed a rare daylight raid to rescue contractors held hostage near Baghdad.
In just a few days of fighting, the Green Berets of Task Force Viking earned seven Silver Stars and 52 Bronze Stars for Valor.
As adversaries embrace cyberwarfare, securing personal information is becoming more of a headache for US troops operating abroad.
Arctic warfare demands a special set of skills to survive and win - skills that Army special operators have long trained to master.
With attrition historically around 90%, Delta Force has one of the hardest selection and assessment processes in the US military.
As the threat from the Soviet Union declined in the early 1990s, a new challenge for the US arose in the Middle East. The first Gulf War was a textbook conventional war, but it featured an array special-operations missions that helped secure victory. Visit the Business section of Insider for […]
The first Gulf War was a textbook conventional war, but it featured an array special-operations missions that helped secure victory.
In January and February 1991, hundreds of thousands of troops in a US-led coalition pushed Iraqi forces out of Kuwait during Operation Desert Storm. Amid that campaign, Delta Force and the British SAS went deep behind Iraqi lines to neutralise the Scud missiles that Saddam Hussein hoped would turn the […]
In the early morning hours of December 20, 1989, Delta Force operators descended on a Panamanian prison holding CIA operative Kurt Muse. The operation, conducted at the outset of the US invasion of Panama, brought Muse home safely, becoming Delta Force’s first successful hostage-rescue mission. Visit Business Insider’s homepage for […]
The roughly 100 members of the FBI’s Hostage Rescue Team are the Tier 1 operators in the federal law-enforcement community. They have a lot in common with the military’s best special-operations forces, but their status as civilian law enforcement mean there are important differences in what they can do. Visit […]
Many storied leaders have helped shape and refine the US military’s special-operations forces. The three below are among the most decorated and accomplished, and their ideas and actions have had a lasting impact on the units they led. Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories. An unconventional visionary: Col. Charles […]
In the early-morning hours of October 31, members of SEAL Team 6 descended on a site in northern Nigeria to rescue an American held hostage there. Navy SEAL Team 6 and the Army’s Delta Force are the main special-operations units for hostage-rescue missions, but the SEALs have a specific tactic […]
The Army’s Delta Force, the Navy SEALs, and other members of the US military’s special-operations forces are tasked with a wide variety of missions. The weapons and gear those operators bring with them on those missions can vary, but whatever they bring with them, it packs a punch. Visit Business […]
An internal review by US Special Operations Command says that an “unhealthy sense of entitlement” was fostered among its newest candidates during their training. The review comes amid numerous recent reports of misconduct within the elite communities. Such allegations of misconduct “didn’t happen during our period,” a former Delta Force […]
A White House official said on Monday said Conan, the military working dog that helped take down ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi in October, was female. Shortly thereafter, a White House official told reporters that the dog was in fact male. The reversal follows speculation about Conan’s gender that developed […]