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Back to the Future: Getting Special Forces Ready for Great-Power Competition | War on the Rocks

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The federal government intends to bolster the United States’ Special Forces capacity.

In June 1952, the United States Special Forces were developed to encourage indigenous resistance in places beyond enemy lines. During the Vietnam War, the main goal of Special Troops was to train and command irregular forces drawn from non-Vietnamese ethnic groups such as the Montagnard’s. Restoring Special Elements’ capability to assist indigenous resistance and insurgent forces would provide the president with an additional option in the case of Russian or Chinese assault.

A strengthened Special Forces role would significantly reduce the expense of deterring Russia compared to other options. China has always placed a higher premium on political and economic influence than on military power. The most critical thing the military can do to prepare Special Forces for great-power conflict is to rededicate language training to a higher priority.



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