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The Crossroads of Special Operations

Monday, May 10, 2021

Countering WMDs cannot be on SOCOM alone, experts contend | Military Times

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Coordinating the counter proliferation of weapons of mass destruction is now in the hands of U.S. Special Operations Command, but it shouldn’t be on them alone, members of a panel at a National Defense Industrial Association symposium argued Wednesday.

“Culturally, SOCOM, they are the solution people. They solve problems. They fill gaps,” said Michael Lumpkin, a retired Navy SEAL and the Pentagon’s former assistant defense secretary for special operations and low-intensity conflict.

“But they may fill gaps that aren’t theirs to fill,” he added. “The other agencies have to do their part. … If those departments don’t have skin in the game, they’re less likely to support it.”

Source: Countering WMDs cannot be on SOCOM alone, experts contend | Military Times

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