U.S. Special Operations Forces (SOF): Background and Issues for Congress [June 22, 2009] [open pdf - 144KB]
"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. U.S. SOF's growing need for enabling forces that are largely drawn from conventional forces is a potential policy issue for congressional consideration."
CRS Report for Congress, RS21048
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