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Special Operations Leader to Report Directly to Acting Defense Secretary

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Special Op's are a strategic asset... not a tactical asset anymore....


Special Operations Leader to Report Directly to Acting Defense Secretary
NOV. 18, 2020 | BY DAVE VERGUN, DOD NEWS


The Defense Department today started the process of elevating special operations forces on par with military departments per authority from the 2017 National Defense Authorization Act, according to the acting defense secretary.

Christopher C. Miller directed the assistant secretary of defense for special operations/low-intensity conflict to report directly to him. His announcement was made today to troops at Fort Bragg, N.C.

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"This reform will immediately improve agility to the department and the command and will enable us to streamline information flow, enhance decision making, and more adaptively and adeptly support our commanders and their superb soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines," he said.

The change is also in line with the National Defense Strategy and will bolster the department's efforts to remain ahead in the great power competition with Russia and China as well as combating transnational threats, he added.

Miller said he hopes that in the future, Congress will elevate the ASD (SO/LIC) position to under secretary of defense.

Should any actors underestimate our resolve, or attempt to undermine our efforts, we will not hesitate to restore deterrence and defeat any and all threats."
Christopher C. Miller, Acting Defense Secretary

In other remarks, Miller said that yesterday, the president ordered the downsizing of the U.S. force presence in Afghanistan and Iraq by 2,500 troops in each country by Jan. 15, "in a manner that protects our fighting men and women and our hard-earned gains."

He added: "Should any actors underestimate our resolve, or attempt to undermine our efforts, we will not hesitate to restore deterrence and defeat any and all threats."

Ezra Cohen-Watnick, acting under secretary of defense for intelligence and security, who also spoke, noted that President John F. Kennedy predicted the need for special operations forces, which are particularly suited to unconventional warfare.

"The global demands for special operations forces, then and now has confirmed President Kennedy's foresight. And now under the leadership of President [Donald J.] Trump, we are fully realizing President Kennedy's prescient view of special operations forces," he said.
 

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Special Op's are a strategic asset... not a tactical asset anymore....


Special Operations Leader to Report Directly to Acting Defense Secretary
NOV. 18, 2020 | BY DAVE VERGUN, DOD NEWS


The Defense Department today started the process of elevating special operations forces on par with military departments per authority from the 2017 National Defense Authorization Act, according to the acting defense secretary.

Christopher C. Miller directed the assistant secretary of defense for special operations/low-intensity conflict to report directly to him. His announcement was made today to troops at Fort Bragg, N.C.

Video at link


"This reform will immediately improve agility to the department and the command and will enable us to streamline information flow, enhance decision making, and more adaptively and adeptly support our commanders and their superb soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines," he said.

The change is also in line with the National Defense Strategy and will bolster the department's efforts to remain ahead in the great power competition with Russia and China as well as combating transnational threats, he added.

Miller said he hopes that in the future, Congress will elevate the ASD (SO/LIC) position to under secretary of defense.

Should any actors underestimate our resolve, or attempt to undermine our efforts, we will not hesitate to restore deterrence and defeat any and all threats."
Christopher C. Miller, Acting Defense Secretary

In other remarks, Miller said that yesterday, the president ordered the downsizing of the U.S. force presence in Afghanistan and Iraq by 2,500 troops in each country by Jan. 15, "in a manner that protects our fighting men and women and our hard-earned gains."

He added: "Should any actors underestimate our resolve, or attempt to undermine our efforts, we will not hesitate to restore deterrence and defeat any and all threats."

Ezra Cohen-Watnick, acting under secretary of defense for intelligence and security, who also spoke, noted that President John F. Kennedy predicted the need for special operations forces, which are particularly suited to unconventional warfare.

"The global demands for special operations forces, then and now has confirmed President Kennedy's foresight. And now under the leadership of President [Donald J.] Trump, we are fully realizing President Kennedy's prescient view of special operations forces," he said.
It's about time the good guys flex some muscle. I was getting a bit disillusioned.
 
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They're mobilising a hit squad, but who are they going to hit...
 

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they're just setting up for their christmas party in vegas this year
then, one week later, they got another party to worry 'bout...

nothing's gonna happen till that hooker pops outta the cake on new years

:blond:

after that, who can tell?
 

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exactly

now, she did say she was some month or some year centerfold, something, she said something...

:blond:
 

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Miss July 1989 :D
 

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I looked at the details of this action or "policy change". It was authorized in the 2017 Defense budget, but was not acted on until now. It will not, if ever, take effect until after Jan, 2021. It is based on the concept that the SOF should not have a chain of command within the normal structure due to the "importance" of the type of missions that are planned and authorized. There are arguments for both sides.

It is not what the headlines seem to say.
 

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I've never liked bureaucracy so I never paid any attention to the military structure.

So in my civilian reading of this they are basically taking away any of their bosses / commanders. Making them another separate entity.
 

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It is not what the headlines seem to say.
I’m shocked to learn this!

So in my civilian reading of this they are basically taking away any of their bosses / commanders. Making them another separate entity.
Removing the blocks, the intentional bureaucratic slow downs....