Briefing paper

Since 9/11, America has more than doubled the size of SOF and tripled the SOF budget. The SOF community has developed an intelligence-driven mode of operations enabled by niche technologies, a decentralized command-and-control structure, and a unique budgeting process. Rebalancing and reorienting the SOF enterprise will require much more than a few strategy statements. It will require detailed guidance about changes, priorities, and cuts, with close follow-on oversight of implementation. It will also require strategic clarity so that the force can accomplish needed reforms and organizational change.

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