U.S. Special Operations Forces (SOF): Background and Issues for Congress [March 6, 2007] [open pdf - 73KB]
"Special Operations Forces (SOF) play a significant role in U.S. military operations and the Administration has given U.S. SOF greater responsibility for planning and conducting worldwide counterterrorism operations. The 2006 Quadrennial Defense Review (QDR) has called for a 15% increase in special operations forces beginning in FY2007. There has been concern expressed that this expansion might not be achievable and could result in a lower-quality force. There has also been debate over the role of SOF direct action missions in the overall U.S. counterterrorism campaign. This report will be updated as events warrant."
CRS Report for Congress, RS21048