Thesis Title

Uncle Sam's Web-Feet: The Evolution of U.S. Naval Special Warfare

Date of Graduation

Spring 2005


Master of Science in Defense and Strategic Studies


Defense and Strategic Studies

Committee Chair

C. Walton


The thesis discusses the evolution of U.S. Naval Special Warfare from its beginnings as a small support force during World War II, to its current status as a multi-faceted, global command. In tracing this lineage, the paper looks at the various ad hoc units that have been combined to form the modern community, and how each of these units has lent its special tactics, weapons, and equipment to help make U.S. Naval special warfare a potent, dynamic force. The thesis also focuses upon the evolution of the various support elements involved in U.S. Naval Special Warfare, and the cooperation between these difference assets required to complete special operations in the maritime environment.


Naval Special Warfare, Navy SEALs, underwater demolition teams, special boat teams, special boat squadrons, scouts and raiders, naval construction battalions, naval combat demolition units, NSW 21

Subject Categories

Defense and Security Studies


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