Special Operations Command. The special operations community has grown in value and size over the last decade. The valor and value of our Special Operators is unquestionable. But we must be cognizant that it is not always the right tool to fix all problems. To keep its special status, especially as the size of the conventional force shrinks, and where it gets its soldiers, sailors, airmen, and Marines from, we propose a decrease in its size from 68,000 to 55,000. However, key modernization programs for aviation and Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (ISR) assets will be increased. We also tasked the National Defense University with sourcing a world-class education system for our experts in the Human Domain.
Michael P. Noonan is Director of FPRI’s national security program.