Professor Shannon Portillo was interviewed for the Christian Science Monitor's article, "As Pentagon opens combat roles to women, what are special forces' concerns?" Here's an excerpt of the article:
"With the lifting of the ban on women in special operations forces earlier this month, female service members are no longer automatically disqualified from being Navy SEALs, Delta Force operators, and Army Rangers because of their gender.
The Pentagon’s next big step is figuring out how to make it work. To this end, Defense officials launched a couple of big studies earlier this year to give them a sense of the major concerns and points of resistance among the troops who do these jobs....
'I don’t think the hang-up is around physicality, but around these broader cultural issues' that, historically, tend to fade as men work with women, says Shannon Portillo, an associate professor at KU who worked on the study."