Highlights from Special Operations meeting

Micah Zenko has posted highlights from the “U.S. Special Operations Command in Review of the Defense Authorization Request for FY2015 and the Future Years Defense Program,” Senate Armed Services Committee, Subcommittee on Emerging Threats and Capabilities, on March 11, 2014.

Some of the interesting highlights include:

Assistant Secretary of Defense for Special Operations/Low-Intensity Conflict, Michael Lumpkin: 

“Since October 2001, 385 special operators have been killed in action, and another 2,160 have been wounded.”

Admiral Bill McRaven:

“I think this week we are actually in 84 countries around the world and we’ve got approximately 7,000 people deployed globally right now

“I would even go so far as to say our relationship with the CIA is fabulous. I’ve been on the ground with the agency continuously for the last 10 to 12 years…So it’s the best I’ve ever seen in my 37 years of doing this business, sir.

“If we’re looking for a particular individual, then we will make sure that we are linked with the NSA. They will, through their technical means, figure out how to identify that person. So instead of us at U.S. SOCOM building an additional capability to conduct cyber operations, we use the experts at Cyber Command and NSA to do that.”

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