29 Dec '17, 7pm

Mattis: Conventional forces will assume more special operations force roles in 2018

The Pentagon will lean more heavily on its conventional forces in 2018 to perform some of the worldwide counterterrorism advising roles that have strained U.S. special operations forces, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said Friday. Fourteen of the 33 U.S. troops killed in 2017 were assigned to special operations, several of whom died in places where the U.S. has expanded its counterterrorism operations over the last year, including Yemen, Somalia, Niger and Syria. The expanded use of special forces has led to some of those units deploying on just slightly more than a 1:1 dwell, Command Sergeant Major John Troxell said last month, leading to a high level of strain on their families. There were about 8,000 special operators deployed to about 80 countries in 2017, the head of U.S. Special Operations Command told Congress earlier this year . A shift toward enabling conventional f...

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