Webinar Highlights Role of Special Operations Troops

Webinar Highlights Role of Special Operations Troops

Special Ops troops
Photo by: U.S. Army/Sgt. Jaerett Engeseth

A webinar hosted by the Association of the U.S. Army will highlight the role of special operations forces during the past 20 years of war and their part in future warfare.

The Dec. 9 event, part of AUSA’s Thought Leaders series, will feature three authors who have written books about special operations troops. It will begin at 2 p.m. Eastern. The webinar is free, but registration is required here.

N.W. Collins is the author of Grey Wars: A Contemporary History of U.S. Special Operations. Jessica Donati is the author of Eagle Down: The Last Special Forces Fighting the Forever War, and Tony Brooks wrote Leave No Man Behind: The Untold Story of the Rangers’ Unrelenting Search for Marcus Luttrell, the Navy SEAL Lone Survivor in Afghanistan.

During the webinar, Collins, Donati and Brooks will discuss their books and share their thoughts on the future role of special operations forces in the Army.

Grey Wars presents a comprehensive analysis of U.S. special operations forces, who have been instrumental in military operations since 9/11, according to a description of the book. 

Its author, Collins, writes about U.S. defense, national security and military technology. Her essays and commentaries have appeared in publications such as Forbes, The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal. She is the chair of Defense and Security Studies at Columbia University and a senior fellow of the Modern War Institute at West Point.

Eagle Down introduces readers to the special operations forces who have been fighting with “limited resources, little government oversight and contradictory orders” in America’s longest war, according to a description of the book.

Author Donati covers foreign affairs for The Wall Street Journal and has reported from more than a dozen countries. She was the paper’s bureau chief in Kabul in 2015 and lived in Afghanistan for over four years. She also has worked in Europe, the Middle East and Asia, covering the conflicts in Libya and Afghanistan.

Leave No Man Behind provides a first-hand account of the daring recovery of Turbine 33, the quick-reaction force that was on its way to rescue a compromised Navy SEAL reconnaissance team in northeastern Afghanistan in 2005. Turbine 33—an MH-47 Chinook carrying eight SEALs and eight soldiers from the 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment—was struck by a rocket-propelled grenade, leading commanders to call in the 75th Ranger Regiment for the search and recovery mission.

Brooks, a former member of the 75th Ranger Regiment, is a doctor of chiropractic medicine, author and speaker. As a soldier, he deployed to Afghanistan and Iraq and was part of the mission to recover Turbine 33. He is the founder of Objective Healthy, a lifestyle and nutritional venture to improve veterans’ health.