MCRAVEN ON SPE­CIAL OPS

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Adm. Wil­liam H. Mcraven, head of the U.S. Spe­cial Op­er­a­tions Com­mand, told the Se­nate this week that spe­cial op­er­a­tions forces will in­creas­ingly be used through­out the world for both coun­tert­er­ror­ism op­er­a­tions and train­ing.

“I fully ex­pect the op­er­a­tional de­mands placed upon [spe­cial op­er­a­tions] to in­crease across the next decade, and be­yond,” Adm. Mcraven said in a state­ment made public Mon­day by the Se­nate Armed Ser­vices Com­mit­tee.

Adm. Mcraven said spe­cial op­er­a­tions forces are en­gaged in di­rect and in­di­rect ac­tiv­i­ties.

Di­rect com­mando work was shown in last year’s suc­cess­ful raid by Navy SEALS in Ab­bat­to­bad, Pak­istan, where they killed Osama bin Laden.

Di­rect ac­tion in­volves “tech­no­log­i­cally en­abled small-unit pre­ci­sion lethal­ity, fo­cused in­tel­li­gence and in­ter­a­gency co­op­er­a­tion in­te­grated on a dig­i­tally net­worked bat­tle­field.”

“In to­day’s global coun­tert­er­ror­ism fight, U.S. [spe­cial op­er­a­tions forces] con­tinue to di­rectly de­grade al Qaeda and its af­fil­i­ates’ lead­er­ship around the world, greatly re­duc­ing their abil­ity to ef­fec­tively plan and con­duct op­er­a­tions.”

Com­mando work is done with ex­treme risk, pre­cise ex­e­cu­tion and de­liv­ers “high pay­off” re­sults that are “im­me­di­ate, vis­i­ble to the public and have had tremen­dous ef­fects on our en­e­mies’ net­works through­out the decade,” he said.

In­di­rect ac­tiv­i­ties in­volve train­ing and non­lethal sup­port.

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