There is a interesting article by Robert Martinage from the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments (CSBA) on US Special Operations Forces: Future Challenges and Opportunities
and even a pdf version of a powerpoint presentation
on the same topic. There is an attempt to reorient US SOF from Central Command (CENTCOM) towards a more global focus which includes the following:
(i) establish a Joint Irregular Warfare Command to create a better balance between direct and indirect approaches to special operations;
(ii) reorient the regional focus of SOF units to concentrate more attention where it is most needed;
(iii) recapitalize and expand both fixed‐ and rotary‐wing SOF aviation;
(iv) expand SOF unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) capacity; and
(v) expand Civil Affairs & PSYOPS capacity.
Ultimately, this will change US SOF deployment patterns and function. Interestingly, there is no overwhelming emphasis on direct action (which is really a narrow focus on killing and destroying terrorist camps) but rather a more holistic approach to the problem of the "War on Terror". This means that the US SOF will reorient geographically to focus more resources were they are most needed: the so called 'Muslim World' and Asia. One of their stated goals is to maintain focus on foreign internal defense and partner capacity‐building.
In fact, the three strategic challenges are likely to characterize the future security environment identified are:
(i) continuation and possible intensification of violent Islamic radicalism;Questions:
(ii) potential rise of the People’s Republic of China (PRC) as a more aggressive military competitor; and
(iii) global proliferation of weapons of mass destruction (WMD), and nuclear weapons in particular.
(i) Is this a good inclusive plan?
(ii) What are the implications for other countries and their military?
I hope to have a informed discussion on this thread, if possible. I would request that if you intend to make a comment, to please, please read the links provided, rather than jumping right in. Note:
I DO NOT welcome dogmatic anti-China comments based on unreliable sources and materials. I am specifically referring to Flyman. Your biased and dogmatic anti-China posts are not welcome in this thread.