Business Insider brings us a look at five “Special Operations” forces employed by non-DOD organizations.
- FBI’s Hostage Rescue Team
- Coast Guard’s Maritime Security Response Teams
- DEA’s Special Response Teams
- Dept. of Energy’s Special Response Teams
- CIA’s Special Operations Group
What I noticed in the descriptions of these groups, is that the Coast Guard’s qualification process is the longest, “almost 18 months,” while the other four groups seem to rely heavily on recruiting former military special operations force members. DEA’s course is only two weeks in addition to prior training.
The Coast Guard’s Maritime Security Response Team (MSRT) from Virginia participates in a training evolution in Hyannis, Mass., Oct. 22, 2015. (U.S. Coast Guard photo/Ross Ruddell)
Military.com has a look at the Coast Guard’s Maritime Security Response Teams along with some talk about the Coast Guard budget.
USCG Monomoy (WPB-1326) and Adak (WPB-1333), elements of PATFORSWA
Defense Media Network has an interesting post about the operations of Task Force 55 which includes the Coast Guard’s Patrol Forces Southwest Asia, a Maritime Security Response Team (MSRT), Advanced Interdiction Teams (AIT), and a Maritime Engagement Team (MET).
There are also brief comments on the 25mm Mk38 mod2, the Puma small UAV, and the Griffin small surface to surface missile system.