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The US Must Rethink How It Uses Special Operators, Says Incoming SOLIC Secretary | Defense One
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The US Must Rethink How It Uses Special Operators, Says Incoming SOLIC Secretary | Defense One

Special operations forces, stretched thin by 15 years of war and a perception that they’re the silver bullet for any security problem, can’t go on this way — even if it means re-evaluating how they fit into the U.S.’s various missions around the globe, the nominee for assistant secretary of defense for special operations and low intensity conflict told senators during his confirmation hearing Wednesday.

U.S. Special Operations Command has added thousands of troops since 9/11, but not enough to keep pace with demand. Two months ago in the same Senate Office Building room, SOCOM commander Gen. Raymond Thomas said his forces were “suffering.” The high pace of deployments to the Middle East and Africa to fight the Islamic State and other terrorist groups, combined with a host of other missions, was taking its toll on the mental health and readiness of SOCOM’s elite soldiers.

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