Aged 61, general Wayne Downing retired from active service in 1996 after serving as head of the US Special Operations [...]
The United States Special Operations Command (SOCOM), which oversees Delta Force, the Navy SEALs and the Green Berets, was established in 1987 a few years after the failure of Operation Eagle Claw. Today is practically a miniature department of defence in its own right with its own budget. The main component of USSOCOM is Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC).
With psychological operations units taking part increasingly in peace-keeping operations a growing number of Western military officials appear bent on finding ways to use the press to their advantage. That determination became clear during operations in Bosnia and Kosovo when [...]