Special Operations Forces: Elements, Trends in Force Structure and Funding

Naomi Duncan

Series: Military and Veteran Issues
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Special Operations are military operations requiring unique modes of employment, tactical techniques, equipment, and training often conducted in hostile, denied, or politically sensitive environments and characterized by one or more of the following: time sensitive, clandestine, low visibility, conducted with and/or through indigenous forces, requiring regional expertise, and/or a high degree of risk. Special Operations Forces (SOF) are those active and reserve component forces of the services designated by the Secretary of Defense and specifically organized, trained, and equipped to conduct and support special operations.

Since 2001, the Department of Defense (DOD) has increased the size and funding of SOF and emphasized SOF’s importance to meet national security needs. SOF deployments have focused on the Middle East and placed significant demand on the force during this period. This book examines trends since FY 2001 in authorized special operations military positions; the extent to which DOD has determined total funding for SOF; and the extent to which DOD has taken steps to manage the pace of SOF deployments, among other issues.
(Imprint: Nova)

Preface

Special Operations Forces: Opportunities Exist to Improve Transparency of Funding and Assess Potential to Lessen Some Deployments
(United States Government Accountability Office)

Statement of Michael D. Lumpkin, Assistant Secretary of Defense, Special Operations/Low-Intensity Conflict. Hearing on ''Special Operations Forces in an Uncertain Threat Environment: A Review of the Fiscal Year 2016 Budget Request for U.S. Special Operations Command''

Statement of General Joseph L. Votel, Commander, U.S. Special Operations Command. Hearing on ''Special Operations Forces in an Uncertain Threat Environment: A Review of the Fiscal Year 2016 Budget Request for U.S. Special Operations Command''

U.S. Special Operations Forces (SOF): Background and Issues for Congress
(Andrew Feickert)

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