Special operations forces are going through a generational transition as they shift from hunting insurgents to challenging China and Russia. This phenomenon only occurs every two decades or so. Lt. Gen. James Slife, the Air Force Special Operations Command commander, cautioned that “the SOF we have is not the SOF we will need” in the future, when wars are more complex, affected by machine learning and long-range standoff missiles. The proposed increase of spending in cyber operations and electronic warfare in the 2022 budget to about $36 million would be a major push.
The Crossroads of Special Operations