Before the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, SEAL platoons would regularly travel aboard aircraft carriers on 6-month deployments, hard on morale, but good for visibility and promoting the SEAL brand. As the war on terror slows, SEALs are looking to prove their worth to the Navy and distinguish their group through their proficient maritime operations. Although equally capable on land, SEALs stress undermining the enemy’s confidence in all scenarios. Naval Special Warfare is investing heavily in cybersecurity, artificial intelligence, and technology that would give operators access to data analytics on the battlefield. As chatter grows over tensions involving China and Russia, the SEALs remain a powerful weapon in the American arsenal.
The Crossroads of Special Operations