I certainly hope that this is not what GEN Odierno thinks about special operations forces. If the Army thinks SOF and drones are only good for one kind threat terrorism then perhaps we do need to revitalize the OSS. I certainly hope he was misquoted and does not think that (of course there are some in the SOF community who might agree and think that terrorism is now SOF's reason d'être which of course should not be true)
The Army must remain a balanced force as it downsizes, he said. Drones and special operations forces provide the capability to go after just one kind of threat -- terrorists, the general said.
We are in a bad way if this is the view of the Army and the military writ large and if this is what is being communicated to opinion and thought leaders (e..g, key communicators) at the Aspen Institute. Again, I certainly hope the General was misquoted or at least that his remarks were taken out of context.
07/24/2014 09:40 AM CDT