US special forces go global

(ASIA TIMES)   United States Special Operations Command (SOCOM) chief Admiral Bill McRaven and deputy director of Operations, Brigadier General Sean Mulholland, want to establish a worldwide network linking special operations forces of allied and partner nations to combat terrorism, it was recently reported.

If created, the network would comprise regional security coordination centers, organized and structured similarly to North Atlantic Treaty Organization special operations forces (SOF) headquarters in Mons, Belgium.

According to Mulholland, these centers would not be command-and-control nodes but rather centers for education, networking and coordination to gain regional solutions for regional problems.

Mulholland estimated it would cost less than US$30 million a year to operate and maintain each regional node, although that is a figure that some observers consider laughably small.

SOCOM plans to stand up the first one in Miami-based US Southern Command later in 2013, with Mulholland tapped to command integrated SOF in Central and South America.

This plan may seem ultra-ambitious but given the demand on and pace of US SOF activities in recent years it hardly comes as a surprise. The forces will be conducting missions in 120 countries by year’s end, up from about 75 currently. And while they account for only 3% of the military as a whole, they make up more than 7% of the forces assigned to Iraq and Afghanistan.

This activity is increasing as the US Special Operations Command’s budget is set to remain flat. The command’s fiscal 2013 budget request is $10.4 billion – essentially the same as its current budget. But the budget for the Special Operations Command has more than quadrupled since 2001, as has the number of deployments.

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One Response to US special forces go global

  • I could save the military a lot of money fighting terrorism,fly over washington,DC and drop our best nuke,then fly over London,england and drop another one, then fly over the swiss banking centers and drop another one(s) ALL it would take is one AMERICAN GENERAL who wasn’t a scared little rabbit and all the terrorism on the whole planet would stop over night!!!!NO world war,NO more famine,NO more fighting about anything,PEACE would rule the planet. WILL it happen ? not a chance in hell,AMERICA is the most blood thristly nation on the planet,NOW its GODS turn to show the world what he can do,SO, KISS YOUR ASS GOOD BY YOU STUPID BASTARDS…………..

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