As the U.S. President prepares to meet North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Singapore, sources tell The Cipher Brief that U.S. Special Operations Forces have been preparing for potential action against the North Korean regime for more than a year.
This, as the Pentagon recently completed a sweeping review of Special Operations Forces. According to The New York Times, the Secretary of Defense and the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff want options by mid-June that will strike more of a sustainable balance between rising security challenges and the current op-tempo for counter terrorism missions.
But with rising strategic challenges coming from Russia, Iran and North Korea as well as China’s expanding Military presence and a persistent threat from terrorism, can US Special Operations Forces afford to slow down?
The Cipher Brief’s Brad Christian recently spoke with David Maxwell, a well-respected retired Special Forces Colonel, about the new global challenges faced by SOF.