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History Essay on Operation Gothic Serpent


Operation Gothic Serpent in Oct 1993 in Mogadishu, Somalia has been labeled one of the bloodiest firefights for United States troops. It has also arguably been remembered as one of the U.S. military’s blunders. Although the majority of Americans were disgusted and outraged by the failed operation, it can be used as a tool to study the vital role of NCOs and force readiness.

History Essay on Operation Gothic Serpent

One of the most widely debated issues in American politics is what specific role the United States should take in world crises. Some would argue that it is the US’s responsibility to promote and defend
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Experienced and learned NCOs primarily trained the troops. This expertise helped prevent more casualties. Numerous accounts of heroism and bravery are recalled on the part of NCOs. Medics, snipers, Rangers, gunners, and other NCOs distinguished themselves as true patriots and heroes in battle.

Operation Gothic Serpent is ultimately considered to be a success since the targets were captured. The US causalities and losses were minimal compared to the estimated hundreds of Somali casualties. The mission was manned with very well trained and highly lethal forces. The equipment and aircraft were sufficient for the anticipated battle. The UN and the US gave full support to Operation Gothic Serpent. Intelligence was gathered and analyzed by a NIST, personnel from DIA, NSA, NIMA, and the CIA. The NIST was employed during this and several other missions as a result of intelligence bottlenecks during Desert Shield and Desert Storm. Intel is designed to flow through a NIST more efficiently to all involved parties during a mission or crisis. The NIST has more widely available resources and capabilities than a Joint Task Force (JTF).

There are several reasons for the devastating outcome of the 3 October raid: mission objectives were not fully supported by the political leadership, such as disapproving the request for armor; an inadequate intelligence gathering system; a lack of coordination between TFR, the QRF and UN forces; and