Of course, that is certain to happen from time to time.
But as the posted article mentioned in the last sentence - not a single SpecOps warrior was lost to hostile fire.
These New Breed, High Tech SpecOps guys have firepower, communications and real time intel of a quality we couldn't even dream of.. Plus, they have the advantage of small unit size - with its natural protections and stealth.
They KNOW where the enemy concentrations are, and can bring Hell and Brimstone on the bastard's asses faster than we could determine the coordinates we wished attacked.
I've never done any valid research, but it is just gut feel that we suffered proportionally fewer WIA/KIA from our small team attack missions or search and destroy patrols - than when moving about in larger unit missions... Large targets attract more attention from the bad guys --- to attack or avoid...
The small teams of today - can move about cleanly and determine the value of targets and have them destroyed within moments after a "phone call"... They can avoid detection and deliver destruction FAR out of proportion to their size...
Todd - (F18A Pilot from whom I have forwarded notes to you) has mentioned frequently they are CONSTANTLY overhead in "hot areas" (teams below), even TODAY.. They can deliver their payload within a few minutes - as precisely as GPS/Laser can I.D. target..
And to be frank.....the loss of a 12 man team, is preferable to effectively destroying a Platoon or Company - as happened occasionally.
Robert C. Heinlein would be grinning to see our real-life "starship troopers."