The Defense Department is working towards focusing on irregular warfare as China and Russia do the same. These advisories have been using unconventional methods to achieve their goals without rallying their military. Russia utilizes social media and their Wagner mercenary group to achieve strategic goals while China has been using development aid in Africa to secure geopolitical influence and resources. To help combat the great power struggle the Pentagon has turned the Combating Terrorism Technical Support Office into the Irregular Warfare Technical Support Directorate. They have also released the irregular-warfare annex to the National Defense Strategy.
The Crossroads of Special Operations