A study from Ohio State University has discovered significant benefits of psychedelic therapy on post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and cognitive function in U.S. Special Operations Forces (SOF) veterans. The therapy, which employed two psychoactive drugs, demonstrated marked reductions in PTSD symptoms and unexpectedly, considerable enhancements in cognitive functioning. This potential treatment could revolutionize the mental health landscape, especially given its potential rapid and long-lasting effects.
- Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 85, the only U.S. Navy special operations support squadron, was deactivated as a cost-saving measure, despite its strategic importance in the Indo-Pacific region.
- HSC-85, also termed the Firehawks, played a critical role in strengthening regional ties through joint exercises and collaborations with foreign special operations forces.
- The deactivation could limit the U.S. combatant commander’s capability in the Indo-Pacific and might reduce overall operational flexibility.
- Historical patterns of warfare emphasize the importance of such specialized capabilities, especially in potential conflict zones like the Indo-Pacific.
- Reevaluations and potential future cost-sharing proposals are being considered to maintain such critical operational capabilities.