02 Jan '18, 11pm

Mattis Looks to Ease Strain on Special Forces in 2018

Mattis Looks to Ease Strain on Special Forces in 2018

Conventional troops would take on more of the missions normally assigned to Special Forces in Afghanistan and elsewhere in 2018 under a plan being developed by Defense Secretary Jim Mattis. To ease the strain on the overworked U.S. Special Operations Command (SoCom), Mattis said he is looking to take greater advantage of the "common capabilities" the conventional forces have developed since the terror attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. "I anticipate more general purpose forces being used for some of the missions" that have been associated only with the Special Forces, he said Friday in an informal session with Pentagon reporters. "In the past, we used only Special Forces" for those missions requiring specific skills, but many of those skills now also reside in the conventional forces, Mattis said. "So the general purpose forces are going to have to have some of the capabilities yo...

Full article: https://www.military.com/daily-news/2018/01/02/mattis-loo...

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