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(CJ450) Understanding Terrorism Week 7 Discussion Post due 17 march 2013
The Utility of Elite Counterterrorist Units
Elite military and police counterterrorism units have been mustered into the security
establishments of many nations. Many of these units include highly trained professionals who
can operate in a number of environments under extremely hazardous conditions. Their missions
include hostage rescues, punitive strikes, abductions, and reconnaissance operations.
When elite units perform well, the outcomes include rescued hostages, resolved crises, and
disrupted terrorist environments. However, these units sometimes find themselves involved in
ambiguous political situations or tenuous operational conditions. In other words, special
operations are often high-risk, high-gain situations.
Nevertheless, proponents of elite counterterrorist units argue that conventional forces are not
trained or configured to fight “shadow wars”—only special operations forces can do so. Critics
of these units argue that conventional forces can accomplish the same objectives and goals and
that, aside from the very good special operations units, other elite units have not proven
themselves to be very effective.
Historical examples suggest that the deployment of special operations forces is a high-risk and
high-gain option.

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(CJ450) Understanding Terrorism Week 7 Discussion Post due 17 march 2013 The Utility of Elite Counterterrorist Units Elite military and police counterterrorism units have been mustered into the security establishments of many nations. Many of these units include highly trained professionals who can operate in a number of environments under extremely hazardous conditions. Their missions include hostage rescues, punitive strikes, abductions, and reconnaissance operations. When elite units perform well, the outcomes include rescued hostages, resolved crises, and disrupted terrorist environments. ...
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