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The Crossroads of Special Operations

Saturday, May 8, 2021

For Special Operations Forces, Fighting WMD Means Getting Deeper Into Enemies’ Leadership and Decision-Making | Defense One

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SOCOM is getting more intel and gear as it settles into its role as the Pentagon’s anti-WMD coordinator.

As U.S. Special Operations Command has settled into its role as lead U.S. agency for planning military operations to counter weapons of mass destruction — that is, chemical, biological, and rogue nuclear weapons — it’s getting access to new realms of intelligence.

“Differentiating between peaceful scientific research and nefarious intent requires exquisite access into adversary leadership and decision,” said Lt. Gen. Joseph Osterman, SOCOM’s deputy commander, told the House Armed Services Committee on Thursday.

Osterman said that the two-month-old National Defense Strategy, with its focus on Russia and China, had already made it easier for SOCOM to get both the intelligence capabilities and the tactical gear it needs to better plan counter-WMD missions.

Source: For Special Operations Forces, Fighting WMD Means Getting Deeper Into Enemies’ Leadership and Decision-Making | Defense One

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