US Special Operations Command is reorienting to face China after decades of fighting terrorism.
The US Special Operations Command may be making the most significant change as the US military as a whole has been reorienting toward what it perceives as the prospect of a fight with China. By utilizing the “placement, access, and influence” that US special operators have gained through deployment to the area and collaboration with local forces. Lt. Gen. Bryan Fenton, the new commander of SOCOM, laid out how the US special operations community would overcome those difficulties in order to prevent and maybe engage China during his confirmation hearing in July. As a comparative and competitive advantage for this country, US special operations must keep “building and reinforcing the partner and ally element,” according to Fenton.