NationalJournal.com – Then Came ‘Geronimo’ – Thursday, May 12, 2011

NationalJournal.com – Then Came ‘Geronimo’ – Thursday, May 12, 2011.

Here’s an interesting article about the Joint Special Operations Command, the parent command for SEAL Team Six and the Army’s Delta, and how it has served as the executive agent for sensitive operations against high-value targets in the War on Terror. There are a couple of niggling little errors (Abu Musab al-Zarkawi was killed, not captured), but otherwise, pretty interesting. 

The military is a bureaucracy, and sometimes it moves slowly like any other. Often the only way to speed up the process is to bypass the regular channels, and create a new process. Unfortunately, those new processes get “refined” and eventually end up as sclerotic as the old processes, AND are an additional layer accreting on top of the old ones, requiring yet another bypass. JSOC obviously hasn’t reached that point yet, but as it becomes more and more visible to the public eye, and a favorite tool of Presidents, it is a real risk.