Although its tempting to keep hammering on how “old school” the Russian Federation is behaving….and how Putin seems more and more dangerous to his neighbors if not the world, I’ll leave that alone for a bit. A post on how pragmatic – and effective – Soviet (and now Russian) shadow warfare has been and is again seems very much in order. The Russians have always played the “Great Game” exceedingly well, knowing how to select surrogates on a very calculating basis.
However one of the things I’m going to attempt with this blog is to keep readers of Shadow Warfare informed about contemporary events in the world of special, low profile (not exactly deniable but awfully gray) world. While SW tends to focus on contemporary events in the war on terror and on the JSOC task forces in Asia and Africa, America is still very much involved in Latin America. Southcom is still a very much involved command and we just hear less about them given that their missions are pretty much purely military assistance and drug related.
This is not to say I’m an expert on the subject at all but I’ve done enough research to find some good sources. In this instances I’m just going to provide some links to information about the premier American Special Air Operations Squadron. A bunch of obviously gutsy guys, somehow I get the feel that they – and their aircraft – would have been just as much at home in Laos circa 1967 as they are now in equally challenging venues around the world. If you are interested in the subject and want to learn more, read on:
There’s little doubt the Russian special ops guys who just took off their unit insignia and hitched a short ride across the Ukrainian border had it easy compared to the missions these folks get.