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Washington Post: Obama Administration to Expand Joint Special Ops Command Capacity

military in trainingThe Obama administration will grant the Joint Special Operations Command with expanded power to plan, track and launch potential attacks on terrorist organizations worldwide, The Washington Post reported Friday.

Thomas Gibbons-Neff and Dan Lamothe write the White House plans to transform JSOC into a new multiagency intelligence and action force that will be called the Counter-External Operations Task Force and defend assets against terrorist networks.

The task force will also provide advice, intelligence and strike recommendations to militaries and security forces as well as perform joint operations with traditional Western allies, according to the report.

The Post noted the new group will report to the Defense Department via the U.S. Special Operations Command, a change that Gibbons-Neff and Lamothe said will pave the way for a hybrid command system that can help boost the speed of coordination.

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