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Special Operations Command to Rebalance for New Strategic Era | National Defense
U.S. Marine MV-22B Ospreys from Special-Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force Crisis Response-Africa departed Mihail Kogălniceanu Air Base, Romania, with a platoon of Marines from the Black Sea Rotational Force to support a multilateral training exercise during Platinum Eagle 15, May 26, 2015. The Ospreys left Morón Air Base, Spain, earlier in the week, and arrived to work with their allies from the Bulgarian and Romanian armed forces. The Ospreys delivered the Marines to the Babadag Training Area, where they demonstrated their ability to conduct security operations. The training represents the first time Ospreys have conducted multilateral training in Romania, where members of BSRF have established a growing relationship with partner Romanian forces. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Paul Peterson/Released)

Special Operations Command to Rebalance for New Strategic Era | National Defense

After more than 16 years of hunting terrorists in Afghanistan, Iraq and other countries, U.S. Special Operations Command is expected to perform in an era of increasing great power competition.

The unclassified summary of the 2018 National Defense Strategy laid out the Pentagon’s view of the evolving geopolitical environment.

“Inter-state strategic competition, not terrorism, is now the primary concern in U.S. national security,” the document stated.

The special ops community has signaled that it intends to adjust to the new situation.

“With the new NDS, we will be looking beyond U.S. SOCOM’s lead role in countering terrorism, to recognizing [special operations forces] as a critical component in all aspects of warfighting,”

Assistant Secretary of Defense for Special Operations and Low-Intensity Conflict Owen West said in recent testimony to the House Armed Services subcommittee on emerging threats and capabilities.

Source: Special Operations Command to Rebalance for New Strategic Era | National Defense