Feb 17, 2011
By J.D. Leipold
ARLINGTON, Va. (Army News Service, Feb. 17, 2011) -- U.S. Army Special Operations Command has more than doubled its manpower since Sept. 11, 2001, and according to its deputy commander, mission requirements and operations tempo will continue on an upward glide path.
Maj. Gen. Kurt Fuller said special operations forces are presently working on 116 missions in 53 countries -- and "that's actually sort of low. It's usually somewhere between 60 and 65 countries, small numbers of people in most spots that total between 5,500 and 6,000 people."
How many of these operations are really necessary for defending the United States?