The Changing Face of America's Front Lines: Women in Special Operations and Combat Roles

For the past three years, the military has been working on a plan to incorporate women in all positions by early 2016. Services have until October 1 to seek exemptions. In this Events @ RAND Podcast, author Gayle Tzemach Lemmon, Pardee RAND dean Susan Marquis, and RAND expert John Winkler discuss how a pioneering team of women who served alongside Rangers and SEALS in Afghanistan in 2011 helped pave the way for women's roles in the military, as well as issues that remain.


Gayle Tzemach Lemmon

Gayle Tzemach Lemmon

Senior Fellow, Council on Foreign Relations; Contributor, the Atlantic's Defense One; Author, Ashley's War: The Untold Story of a Team of Women Soldiers on the Special Ops Battlefield

John D. Winkler

Director, Forces and Resources Policy Center, RAND National Security Research Division; Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Manpower and Personnel (2001 to 2007)

susan marquis

Susan Marquis

Dean, Pardee RAND Graduate School; Vice President, Innovation at RAND; Author, Unconventional Warfare: Rebuilding U.S. Special Operations Forces