WASHINGTON, DC – On January 5th, President of Avascent Global Advisors Col. Steve Ganyard, USMC (Ret.) spoke on ABC News’ “This Week: Inside Special Operations.” Joined by Chief Global Affairs Correspondent Martha Raddatz and Vice Admiral Robert Harward, U.S. Navy (Ret.), the panel discussed the recent Navy SEAL focused film “Lone Survivor,” and the future of special operations forces.
While the question was raised per whether Hollywood is being granted wider access to SEAL tactics than journalists, perhaps to promote SEAL and Army Ranger recruitment, the conversation focused on the evolving role of special operations, especially as the U.S. military addresses budget reductions and the rise of China. Ganyard commented: “We spend hundreds of billions of dollars on on stealth airplanes, on stealth submarines, but now there are satellites everywhere. We live in a ubiquitous era of satellites seeing everything, so we can’t move airplanes, we can’t move divisions of people overseas without being seen. But in some ways the special operators are a stealth ground force, because they can be inserted into places that we care about….in a covert manner in ways that won’t be seen or detected.”
Watch the full clip here.