Accession Number:

ADA210951

Title:

Providing Resources for Special Operations Forces: Completing the Transition

Descriptive Note:

Final rept.

Corporate Author:

LOGISTICS MANAGEMENT INST BETHESDA MD

Report Date:

1989-03-01

Pagination or Media Count:

62.0

Abstract:

Special operations forces have been an essential part of U.S. Military operations since the Revolutionary War. Those forces are now being revitalized in compliance with a 1986 congressional mandate. The remaining crucial actions in that revitalization are determining the resources needed by special operations forces and providing those resources. Special operations forces have their own Major Force Program, MFP-11 which in the recent past has been managed piecemeal by the Services and Defense agencies. These agencies must now transfer control of MFP-11 resources. In an action that is unprecedented in the history of DoD, responsibility for MFP-11 and its budget are being vested in a unified combatant command, U.S. Special Operations Command USSOCOM. This transition of control will not only be novel, it will also be extremely complex, and for it to be effective, two actions must be taken as soon as possible. First, the Assistant Secretary of Defense Comptroller must clearly define MFP- 11, showing that it contains all the direct costs for special operations forces and that those costs are correct. Second, even though special operations forces have their own MFP, they still remain dependent on the Services and Defense agencies for almost all essential support functions.

Subject Categories:

  • Economics and Cost Analysis
  • Military Forces and Organizations
  • Unconventional Warfare

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE