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SHIFTING FIRES: OPTIMIZING SPECIAL OPERATIONS FOR TODAY AND TOMORROW’S FIGHT | War on the Rocks
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SHIFTING FIRES: OPTIMIZING SPECIAL OPERATIONS FOR TODAY AND TOMORROW’S FIGHT | War on the Rocks

Even though U.S. Special Operations Forces are at the forefront of the fight against terrorism across the globe, they may fail if changes are not made immediately. The National Defense Strategy prioritizes great power competition, as well as “rogue regimes,” such as Iran and North Korea, spreading instability. Considering the reshuffle of national defense priorities, leaders on Capitol Hill, especially those in the Senate, have challenged the Department of Defense to examine the roles and missions of the services. This has important implications for Special Operations Command, because, since its inception in 1987 after the Nunn-Cohen amendment, it dually has to be a functional combatant command and hold “service-like” responsibilities for special operations assigned to it.

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