William McRaven: Special Operations Command Seeks Global Teams

Adm. William McRaven
Adm. William McRaven

Navy Adm. William McRaven, U.S. Special Operations Command chief, said Tuesday the command wants to forge global partnerships as part of a strategy to help train foreign warfighters, Military.com reported Wednesday.

Kris Osborn writes McRaven told special operators and defense industry leaders during a conference in Tampa, Fla. that forces in Africa and the Pacific need to be trained as threats grow there.

McRaven said SOCOM would aim to build host nation capability linked to the U.S. special operations community, according to the report.

SOCOM has been focusing on ground counterinsurgency and counter-terrorism missions and command leaders fear that focus could impair the non-kinetic skills of warfighters, according to the report.

Osborn writes the demand for non-kinetic missions rose during the Afghanistan war in 2001 when U.S. special forces trained Afghan fighters, but that SOCOM suddenly shifted focus to hunting insurgents during the ensuing Iraq war.

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