Special Operations Forces: Additional Actions Are Needed to Effectively Manage Air Reserve Component, Report to the Committee on Armed Services, House of Representatives [open pdf - 3MB]
From the GAO [Government Accountability Office] Highlights: "Over the past decade the Air Force has increasingly relied on the ARC [Air Reserve Component] to meet operational requirements. The ARC is composed of two entities--the Air National Guard (ANG) and the Air Force Reserve (AFR)--which together comprise a substantial part of the total Air Force capability. AFSOC [Air Force Special Operation Command] relies on either volunteerism or involuntary mobilization to activate ARC units. House Report 115-676, accompanying a bill for the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2019, contains a provision for GAO to assess ANG and AFR involuntary mobilization plans to support special operations. GAO evaluated the extent to which (1) AFSOC's mobilization process provides the ARC with timely and reliable forecasts of planned utilization of units and personnel; and (2) the ARC identifies and communicates information to AFSOC on the units and individuals available for mobilization or on voluntary deployments."
Government Accountability Office: https://www.gao.gov/