In 1987 the Nunn-Cohen Act created both U.S. Special Operations Command and the assistant secretary of defense for special operations and low-intensity conflict. Last week saw the 40th anniversary for the failed Operation Eagle Claw, an attempt that helped lay the foundation for special operations today. In order to ensure that USSOCOM had civilian influence and control, Congress created the assistant secretary role with duel responsibility. Since then the global environment has gone through numerous changes such as the War on Terror and the coronavirus pandemic. With new changes and challenges that are being faced, the assistant secretary role is more important than ever.