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The Crossroads of Special Operations

Monday, August 2, 2021

Navy SEALs are refocusing to fight China and Russia. Here’s what current and former members say they’re up against. | Business Insider

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Recent testimony in Congress by Rear Adm. H. Wyman Howard III highlighted Naval Special Warfare Command’s strategic change from counterterrorism operations to great-power rivalry toward near-peer adversaries, including Russia and China. Going through his speech, Howard told reporters that the Naval Special Warfare Command plans to reduce the number of SEAL platoons by 30% while increasing the number of operators in every existing fleet. So rather than having eight platoons, each SEAL Team will now have six. It’s unclear if the additional troops would be SEALs or direct-support troops.

Source: https://www.businessinsider.com/how-navy-seals-are-refocusing-to-fight-china-and-russia-2021-5

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