U.S. special operations commando activities are among the most secret in the U.S. government, but they play a leading and decisive role in the global war on terrorism. The annual posture statement of the U.S. Special Operation Command sheds some light on the secret command work.
The report states that special operations forces are working to track and kill foreign terrorists and networks around the world.
The command “synchronizes [U.S. counter terrorism] activities at the global, strategic level,” the report said.
“This ensures unity of effort and allows [U.S. Special Operations Command] to look ‘between the seams’ as terrorists move, communicate, finance and operate between regions.”
The commandos use both direct and indirect operations, with most visible military action in the Central Command region including the Middle East, Central Asia and North Africa.
Indirect activities include such programs as the Sovereign Challenge Program, which along with the U.S. Strategic Command “focuses on the sovereignty of independent nations, the ways in which terrorism violates that sovereignty and how these nations can assist each other in combating terrorism.”
“The program is based on the premise that each nation has a responsibility, in its own self-interest, to develop programs which counter or prevent terrorism while supporting and cultivating its national interests, cultures and citizens,” the report said.
Sovereign Challenge works with foreign militaries to stop terrorist financing, the creation of terror bases, disruption of terrorists’ travel, counter ideology efforts and prevention of computer-based training and recruitment.