Calling the breadth and capability of the U.S. Special Operations Forces
“astonishing,” the assistant secretary of defense for special operations and low- intensity conflict discussed the global
posture of the nation’s special operations enterprise during a hearing today on Capitol Hill.
Owen O. West appeared before the Senate Armed Services Committee with Army Gen. Raymond A. Thomas III, the commander of U.S. Special Operations Command.
West said that while special operations forces make up just 3 percent of the joint force, they have absorbed more than 40 percent of the casualties since 2001.
“This sacrifice serves as a powerful reminder that special operators are in the risk business,” he said.
West told the committee he is “proud to report to you that our SOF is neither overstretched nor breaking.