The US Army Special Operations Command conducted drills simulating operations on Taiwan for the first time in over 20 years, reflecting their preparation for a potential conflict against major military rivals and the possible role of US special forces in cultivating a partisan resistance model against mainland Chinese forces.
For the first time in over 20 years, the U.S. Army Special Operations Command (USASOC) conducted drills simulating operations on Taiwan, including the insertion of personnel onto the island, as part of their annual capabilities exercises at Fort Bragg. The drills focused on special operations forces and involved various tools and weaponry, reflecting the command’s preparation for potential conflict against major military rivals. USASOC Commander Lieutenant General Jonathan Braga emphasized that China is now the United States’ “true pacing challenge,” in accordance with the latest U.S. National Defense Strategy. U.S. special forces are likely to play a crucial role in a potential fight against the People’s Liberation Army in Taiwan, including training, logistics, and intelligence support, similar to the role they played in Ukraine. The intention behind the escalation of Western deployments and exercises on Taiwan is to cultivate a Taiwanese capacity to wage a Ukraine-style war effort and adopt a “partisan resistance model” against mainland Chinese forces. Successful deployment of U.S. special forces would be a highly favorable development for Western interests in the region.