The Dilemma for USSOCOM: Transitioning SOF-Peculiar to Service-Common
Air War College Maxwell Air Force Base United States
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In 1986, the fiscal year 1987 Defense Authorization Act containing the Nunn-Cohen amendment passed creating United States Special Operations Command USSOCOM. Among the many authorities it was given, is the requirement to organize, train, and equip Special Operations Forces SOF. Concomitant to this responsibility was the creation of a funding stream, Major Force Program 11, dedicated solely for the purchase of SOF-peculiar equipment, material, supplies, and services for SOF where there is no Service-common equivalent.1 From inception, there was no overarching organization charged with adjudication or determination of items that are contentious, or are currently paid for by SOF, but now used as Service-common, and thus should transition.