While numerous opinions have been voiced on President Trump’s decision to go forward with the airstrike that killed a top Iran General without discussing the plan with several key Senate members, a more important role was missing all together. The Pentagon’s civilian chief of special operations position had been vacant until two months ago when Thomas Alexander, the chief of counter-narcotics, was thrown into the position with all of his training to be on-the-job. This missing voice plays an essential and critical role in advising the President on consequences that go beyond the military’s execution of the mission. The ASD also synchronizes the DOD support for oversea embassies and facilities, something that has recently been ramped up by the presence of Marines and the recently deployed 82nd Airborne Division.
The Crossroads of Special Operations