In Game of Strategy, SOCOM Outsmarting Conventional Military
Of the three primary missions the Defense Department expects to tackle in the coming decade – protect the homeland, work with allies to increase global security, and prepare for a major conflict – at least one is being cornered by U.S. Special Operations Command.
The Pentagon’s forecast of how the military will fight wars in the future – detailed in the 2014 Quadrennial Defense Review – continues to hammer on the idea that U.S. forces can’t do it all, and should train foreign allies to help fight insurgencies and terrorist groups.
SOCOM’s growing influence inside the Pentagon over the foreign-troop training mission has been years in the making, said Russell Rumbaugh, defense budget analyst at the Stimson Center.
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