A comprehensive review done by the U.S. Special Operations Command details how the past couple decades refined the SOF community but did so without proper civilian oversight. This has led to reckless behavior without many discipline measures in place. When the Command was originally created it was accompanied by a civilian, the assistant secretary of defense for special operations and low-intensity conflict. Following 9/11 however, this oversight slowly became diminished, and recent attempts to bring civilian involvement back up to par have fallen through. Without a change to the fundamental involvement in the SOF community we will continue to see more publicized war crimes committed by operators.
The Crossroads of Special Operations