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Monday, February 13, 2012

Special Ops Commander Wants Greater Authority

Posted By on Mon, Feb 13, 2012 at 8:54 AM

While a team of Special Operations forces trains this week at Mountain Home Air Force Base, its commander is seeking greater authority to "move his forces faster and outside of normal Pentagon deployment channels."

A report in this morning's New York Times said that Adm. William McRaven, who leads the Special Operations Command, wants his "elite units who have traditionally operated in the dark corners of American foreign policy" to have a larger role. Among other elite assignments, Special Ops and Navy Seals oversaw the raid that killed Osama bin Laden.

According to the Times, military and Congressional officials have embarked on a quiet lobbying campaign to push through the initiative while Special Operations Command is expected to see certain growth in its budget and personnel when a new Defense Department spending plan is released today.

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