U.S. Army Command and General Staff College Fort Leavenworth United States
The United States Special Operations Commands USSOCOM components from the Army, Navy, Marine Corps, and Air Force Special Operations Forces SOF often deploy in the same theater, but are separated into Special Operation Service Component Commands SOSCCs. This separation acts as a barrier in the optimization of USSOCOM and the necessity for SOF to utilize this valuable synergy is given impetus when we consider how SOF has been heavily relied on for the past 18 years, specifically in the Global War on Terror GWOT. Many service members have lost their lives during operations within the GWOT, and there continues to be no clear solution for stability in many regions. The disjointed SOF communities do not help. The missed potential of enhancing the joint SOF force counters the strategic narrative to build a more lethal force and costs the lives of innocent people in conflict-torn territories.