40 years ago Operation Eagle Claw was carried out by joint special operation forces, and it failed immensely. The teams were using outdated equipment and had little training together or preparation time. This mission, despite its failure, built the groundwork for modern day special operations. Congress chose to create USSOCOM which has turned into the world’s most effective fighting force. However, the proposed Department of Defense FY21 budget sits at less than two percent of the entire defense budget. In order to sustain the level of readiness and capabilities held by the special operations, proper budgeting is required to maintain the greatest force in the world.