The New American Way of War: Special Operations Forces in the War on Terrorism

July 03, 2018

by Daniel Byman and Ian A. Merritt



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Special operations forces (SOF) have become a critical component of U.S. counterterrorism strategy. Yet, despite countless tactical and operational successes, SOF are used with little strategic direction and a high operational tempo that takes a heavy toll. It is time for a renewed debate about the role of SOF in U.S. counterterrorism and foreign policy today.