Lt. Gen Jim Slife will have been Air Force Special Operations Command’s commander for three years this June. Three years is about the typical tenure for AFSOC commander and Slife is using his remaining time to outline AFSOC direction for the next era which will likely look much different than the last 20 years of special operations.
AFSOC was at the center of the recent Special Tactics training pipeline controversy in which Slife was accused of scoring political points by lowering standards for a female trainee. Slife vehemently denied lowering standards.
He sat down with the Air Force Times for an interview that has been edited here: