As the war on terrorism continues, special operations forces are at the forefront of the conflict worldwide. Although every member of the armed forces has performed admirably during the conflict, no other community has been so well suited to the roles and missions required by this new world security climate.
Special operations forces have traditionally made sure that they “equip the man” and not “man the equipment.” Though this has long been one of the fundamental beliefs of special ops, our nation’s scientists and engineers continue to equip these heroes with the best technology available to increase the operators’ safety and, at the same time, their lethality.
“Innovative new technologies are necessary to maintain SOF superiority against emerging threats. USSOCOM continually researches, develops, and acquires new technology to provide the geographic Combatant Commands and future SOF operators with cutting edge technology and capabilities capable of defeating emerging threats.” — FY2018 Budget Request Overview Book, Under Secretary of Defense (Comptroller)
USSOCOM’s FY 2018 budget request continues to invest in technology and SOF-unique capabilities that will sustain ongoing efforts to build the networks and capabilities required to successfully accomplish their mission.
SOCOM’s Operations and Maintenance Resources are Expended on:
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For more than a decade and a half, The Year in Special Operations has included interviews and discussions with a Who’s Who of former operators and senior and commanding officers throughout the U.S. military, offering their insights on the roles, missions, and history of unconventional warfare units and possible future developments. The publication regularly includes features on programs, equipment, operations, the history of SOF, and more, written by some of the most respected writers in the field.
USSOCOM currently has about 56,000 active duty, 7,400 reserve and 6,600 civilian personnel assigned to its headquarters, its four components, and sub-unified commands. — General Joseph L. Votel, Commander, United States Special Operations Command
Distributed throughout the special operations community via a glossy photo-driven print edition as well as an online digital edition, The Year in Special Operations is the only publication that provides this type of engaging content to a targeted audience of “quiet professionals.”
The Year in Special Operations will continue where it left off by providing a top-down panoramic look at special operations forces today. Our “Year in Review” features dedicated coverage of SOCOM, Theater Special Operations Commands, AFSOC, MARSOC, NAVSPECWARCOM, USASOC, and a special international SOF review. In every edition, you can expect interviews with top-level SOF civilian and defense personnel, engaging stories on SOF history, and insights into the latest technology available to operators worldwide.
Year in Review
Office of Strategic Service (OSS): 75th Anniversary of The Glorious Amateurs
Technology and Programs
“The USSOCOM baseline O&M funding increases by $84.7 million in FY 2018; of which, $69.7 million is price growth and $15.0 million is program growth. This program growth includes increases for flying hours, operational support and sustainment for the Multi-Mission Tactical Unmanned Aircraft Systems, civilian pay, audit readiness, CWMD mission support, and Special Operations Forces Liaison Elements (SOFLE).” — Office of the Undersecretary of Defense (Comptroller)/Chief Financial Officer, Operation and Maintenance Overview Fiscal Year 2018 Budget Estimates
WHO WE’VE INTERVIEWED IN PAST EDITIONS
Col. Marcus S. Evans, Commander, 75th Ranger Regiment
Command Sgt. Maj. Craig A. Bishop, 75th Ranger Regiment
Lt. Gen. Bradley Heithold, Commander AFSOC
Lt. Gen. Charles T. Cleveland, Commanding General, USASOC
Richard M. Holcomb, Deputy to Commanding General, USASOC
Brig. Gen. Clayton M. Hutmacher, Commanding General U.S. Army Special Operations Aviation Command
Brig. Gen. David G. Fox, Commander, U.S. Army JFKSWCS
Brig. Gen. Darsie Rogers, Commander, U.S. Army Special Forces Command
Col. Christopher Vanek, Commander, 75th Ranger Regiment
Col. James Brown, Commander, 95th Civil Affairs Brigade, USASOC
Col. Robert Warburg, Commander, 4th Military Information Support Operations Command (MISOC), USASOC
Col. Daniel Rickleff, Commander, 528th Sustainment Brigade, USASOC
Adm. William H. McRaven, U.S. Special Operations Command (then-USSOCOM Commander, now retired)
Rear Adm. Sean A. Pybus, Naval Special Warfare Command (then-NAVSPECWARCOM Commander, now Deputy Commander USSOCOM)
Maj. Gen. Mark Clark, U.S. Marine Corps Forces Special Operations Command (MARSOC) Commander
Command Sgt. Maj. Chris Faris, USSOCOM Senior Enlisted Advisor
Lt. Gen. John F. Mulholland, Jr., as U.S. Army Special Operations Command (USASOC) Commander (then Deputy Commander U.S. Special Operations Command)
Maj. Gen. Michael S. Repass, as U.S. Army Special Forces Command Commander (Retired)
Brig. Gen. Edward M. Reeder, as U.S. Army Special Forces Command Commander
Dr. Brian Maher, President, Joint Special Operations University
Maj. Gen. Paul E. Lefebvre, as Marine Corps Forces Special Operations Command (MARSOC) Commander (Retired)
Gen. Bryan “Doug” Brown, as U.S. Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) Commander (Retired)
Maj. Gen. James W. Parker, as U.S. Army JFKSWCS Commander (Retired)
H. Ross Perot
The Honorable Thomas W. O’Connell, as Assistant Secretary of Defense for Special Operations and Low-Intensity Conflict (Now private consultant)
Lt. Gen. Donald C. Wurster, as Air Force Special Operations Command (AFSOC) Commander (Retired)
Michael J. Durant, former 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment Nightstalker pilot
Maj. Gen. John K. Singlaub, OSS Jedburgh, Commander SOG, Chief of Staff, United Nations Command, U.S. Forces Korea (Retired)
CWO5 David Cooper, Command Chief Warrant Officer USASOC (Retired)
Building partner capacity, training and equipping allied and partner nation forces through security force assistance, is a key SOF core activity.
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