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Special Operations Forces Want to Do More Than Just Counterterrorism | NDIA
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Special Operations Forces Want to Do More Than Just Counterterrorism | NDIA

Special operations forces and their capabilities could provide a boost in an expanding global competition between the United States and nations such as Russia and China, according to a recent report.

Seeing situations play out, such as China’s militarization of the South China Sea or Russia’s 2014 annexation of the Ukrainian peninsula of Crimea, has sparked a “vigorous conversation inside the SOF community” about how they can contribute to those types of national challenges, said Jonathan Schroden, director of the special operations program at CNA, an Arlington, Virginia-based think tank.

“They see that as, one, important to the nation … but they also see this special capability that they have and how that could be useful,” he said. “They’re frustrated … that SOF has been sort of pigeon-holed into the counterterrorism role…

Source: Report: Special Operations Forces Want to Do More Than Just Counterterrorism