United States Special Operations Command's Efforts to Transform the Force for Future Security Challenges, Hearing Before the Subcommittee on Emerging Threats and Capabilities, of the Committee on Armed Services, United States Senate, One Hundred Fifteenth Congress, Second Session, April 11, 2018 [open pdf - 267KB]
This is the April 11, 2018 hearing on "United States Special Operations Command's Efforts to Transform the Force for Future Security Challenges," held before the U.S. Senate Subcommittee on Emerging Threats and Capabilities. From the opening statement of Joni Ernst: "The National Defense Strategy reoriented the way the Department of Defense prioritizes its efforts in an increasingly complex and dangerous global security environment. A rising China and an increasingly belligerent Russia are now the Department's top strategic priorities, while Iran, North Korea, and countering violent extremism remain enduring lines of effort. Over the last 16-plus years, SOCOM [Special Operations Command] has largely focused its efforts on executing its role as a leader in the global counterterrorism fight. As a result, SOCOM's organization, tactics, techniques, procedures, and its development of capabilities has reflected this mission set. While it's clear that counterterrorism will remain a persistent mission of SOF [Special Operations Forces], the severity of the threat posed by China, Russia, and other adversarial nation-states demand increased attention by our Nation's most agile and innovative force to ensure they're postured to fight and win." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Scott A. Howell, Marshall B. Webb, Kenneth E. Tovo, Timothy G. Szymanski, and Carl E. Mundy, III.
S. Hrg. 115-859; Senate Hearing 115-859
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