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Special forces face uphill task, says USSOCOM chief

20th May 2021 - 09:49 GMT | by Scott Gourley in California


View of the compound prior to the SOF raid on Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi in October 2019. (Photo: DoD)

With near-peer adversaries snapping at their heels, US special forces face a more contested environment in future operations.

US special forces are already embracing the reality of a new and continuously evolving threat environment, according to Gen Richard Clarke, Commanding General of US Special Operations Command (USSOCOM). 

In his keynote address at the virtual SOFIC event on 17-21 May, Clarke highlighted the SOF culture of 'adapting and overcoming' obstacles. He also referred to two decades of US military experience in Afghanistan as presenting military forces with significant technological changes and growing challenges.

'Some of the most challenging things we've done in the past decade are a vision of an easy day in the coming decade', Clarke cautioned.

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Scott Gourley


Scott Gourley

Scott Gourley is a US-based writer on defence and security issues. A former US Army …

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