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New Command Structure
Fortifies Special Operations Partnerships
By Amaani Lyle, American Forces
Washington D.C. – (AFPS)
– April 18, 2013 – The commander of the U.S. Special Operations Command
yesterday lauded a new command structure that aligns various NATO and U.S.
special operations forces elements under two-star headquarters.
In testimony before the House Armed Services Committee’s
emerging threats and capabilities subcommittee, Navy Adm. William H. McRaven
said the new structure supports the defense strategic guidance, which outlines
efforts to build partnership capacity.
“Socom is working to strengthen these international
partnerships and to build lasting networks, both formally and informally, so
that we or our allies can create a secure environment in unstable areas and, if
necessary, react to emerging crises rapidly and effectively,” McRaven said.
U.S. special operations forces are in about 78 countries
around the world, helping to build partner capacity so that the host nation can
tackle its own security problems, the admiral said.
“We have continued [to] trick enemy leadership, while at the
same time building and training Afghan security forces so they can stand on
their own against this very determined threat,” he said.
McRaven recalled recent visits to Colombia and the
Philippines, where he said the long-term U.S. investment with those nations’
special operations forces has helped to change the security situation
“Building allied [special operations forces] capacity and
capability represents the best approach to dealing with some of the world's more
complex security problems,” he said. “In all cases, those special operations
forces deployed to foreign lands are working for the geographic combatant
commander, with the approval of the chief of the mission and always in support
of U.S. policy goals.”
Navy Adm. William H. McRaven
U.S. Special Operations Command