MCRAVEN ON SPECIAL OPS
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.