29 Dec '17, 7pm

Lines Blurring Between Special Ops, Conventional Forces, Mattis Says

WASHINGTON, Dec. 29, 2017 — There is a blurring line that separates conventional operating forces from special operations forces and the defense secretary expects general purpose forces will eventually shoulder missions once the province of their special forces brethren. Defense Secretary James N. Mattis told Pentagon reporters today that the experiences of war since 9/11 have blurred the lines. This change will not be enshrined in strategy, he said, but will come about as a result of policy and the growth of general purpose forces’ capabilities. Growth of General Purpose Force Capabilities Mattis said he expects more general purpose forces to take on missions in Iraq and Syria. “In the Trans-Sahel [region of Africa], many of the force supporting the French effort are general purpose forces,” the secretary said. If a mission comes up, the secretary said he’ll determine the...

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