Accession Number:

ADA458280

Title:

U.S. Special Operations Forces (SOF): Background and Issues for Congress

Descriptive Note:

Congressional rept.

Corporate Author:

LIBRARY OF CONGRESS WASHINGTON DC CONGRESSIONAL RESEARCH SERVICE

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

2006-04-17

Pagination or Media Count:

7.0

Abstract:

Special Operations Forces SOF play a significant role in U.S. military operations and the Administration has given U.S. SOF forces greater responsibility for planning and conducting worldwide counterterrorism operations. The 2006 Quadrennial Defense Review QDR has called for a 15 increase in special operations forces beginning in FY2007. Proposals to elevate the command of the Joint Special Operations Command JSOC and the realignment of civil affairs, psychological operations PSYOPS and combat search and rescue CSAR functions out from under the control of the U.S. Special Operations Command USSOCOM, has raised concerns that SOF is perhaps becoming too focused on immediate versus long-term results. This report will be updated as events warrant.

Subject Categories:

  • Military Forces and Organizations

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE