SOCOM Articles

2019
Commando Mission-Creep: Time for Change in U.S. Special Operations Command? . . .

2018
Tip of the Sphere, December 2018 issue . . .

2017

Special Ops Forces: How Elite Forces Became Military Muscle - When it comes to just about every policy set by . . .

Thousands of Yemeni Forces Target Qaeda Stronghold  - Troops descended on Shabwa Province to secure oil and gas facilities in the largest military operation against Qaeda fighters in Yemen since April 2016.

Marine Corps Plane Crash: The 16 Victims - The military on Friday publicly identified the American service members who died on Monday when their plane crashed in rural Mississippi . . .

At Crash Site of Marine Corps Plane, Bodies ‘Were Everywhere’ - Sixteen service members aboard a plane belonging to a Marine Reserve unit in New York were killed when it crashed in the Mississippi Delta . . .

Commando Raids on ISIS Yield Vital Data in Shadowy War - Risky Special Operations missions targeting midlevel figures can prove valuable for unearthing information about the Islamic State's inner circle . . .

Inside the Air War Over Syria: A High Altitude ‘Poker Game’ - A recent visit to the American-run air command center in Qatar shows the complexities of fighting against the Islamic State in the aftermath of a missile strike against a Syrian Airfield . . .

America’s Dangerous Love for Special Ops - They can take out terrorists and train armies. But they can't win wars . . .

U.S.-Led Force Reduces Attacks on ISIS in Syria After Airstrike - The precautionary move comes as commanders assess how Syria and Russia will respond to last week's American missile strike on a Syrian airbase . . .

Using Special Forces Against Terrorism, Trump Seeks to Avoid Big Ground Wars - President Trump has so far maintained the strategy of training and supporting indigenous forces to fight their own wars instead of deploying large American forces to far-flung hot spots . . .

Yemen Backtracks on Suspending U.S. Raids After Civilian Casualties - Yemeni officials are caught between the public outrage at home over civilian deaths and fear of losing American counterterrorism assistance . . . 

Yemen Withdraws Permission for U.S. Antiterror Ground Missions - The suspension of commando operations in Yemen is a setback for President Trump, who says he wants to take a more aggressive approach against Islamic militants . . .


2016

Obama’s spending plan calls for allocating $10.8 billion to SOCOM - President Barack Obama, who has relied heavily .

Special Operations Command believes can help lift the fog of war - Mobile App Funded by SOCOM Gives Command . . .

SOCOM requests LMAMS funding - The Pentagon has sent Congress an urgent request to transfer funds for US . . . .

Clash over requiring the secretary of defense to create nimbler organizations - As the House and Senate begin the . . .

The mythos of Special Operations has seized our nation’s popular imagination - A FEW Months ago, my wife and I . . .

SOCOM Acquisition Chief Embraces Change, Adaptability - As US Special Operations Command deploys in more . . .

Special Operators’ Challenges Call for New Priorities, Officials Say - Expanding global conflicts require new priorities . . .

Demands the Pentagon stop talking about what SOF is up to - The general overseeing U.S. special forces has . . .

SOCOM use of Social Media - The Navy SEALs' next mission could be on Twitter. The head of U.S. Special . . .

Special Ops Rule in War on Terror  - Never before has a war so big been fought by so few: a global conflict waged . . .

SOCOM wants US made Ak47's  - Many U.S. allies rely on the AK-47, the Russian-designed selective-fire rifle, with  . . .

Head of SOCom lays out vision at MacDill conference - Just 53 days into his new job as commander of U.S. Special . . .

USSOCOM: 'Transregional' Approach Needed To Combat ISIS -  In order to defeat terrorist organizations, special  . . . 

Secretary of Defense Speech Remarks at SOCOM Change of Command  -  Good morning.  Ladies and elected  . . . 

Research on Integrating Women into SOCOM -  This report documents the findings of the task “Analytical support  . . . 

New Socom Commander Excited, Humbled to Lead Force  - Army Gen. Raymond A. "Tony" Thomas today assumed . . .

Socom gets boost in Obama budget  - President Barack Obama, who has relied heavily on Special Operations . . .

Thomas is picked to lead US Special Operations Command -  Lt. Gen. Raymond “Tony” Thomas has been  . . .

Memorandum on Integrating Women into SOCOM  -  US Special Operations Command Implementation Plan for  . . . 

Special Operations Head Next CENTCOM Chief - President Barack Obama plans to tap Special Operations . . . 

2015

Gray Zone’ conflicts far more complex to combat, says Socom Chief Votel  - Between peace and all-out war exists  . . .

Socom Commander: Success Depends on Total Force Readiness   -  The commander of U.S. Special Operations  . . .

US SOCOM and The Special Forces to Scrutinize Social media - Exactly two years ago I wrote about the use of  . . .

Care Coalition Supports Wounded, Ill Special Ops Troops - It's an ethos burned into the minds of generations of . . .

2014

Congress Wants More Control of Special Ops Iron Man Suit - Lawmakers today moved to tighten congressional  . . .

Congressional scrutiny puts propaganda plan on hold - Increased scrutiny by Congress has led the Pentagon's . . .