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Joint Special Operations Command news and analysis from The Nation
August 6, 2018
The Generations Lost to America’s Infinite War
Wars are no longer won—they just continue forever, taking generations of American soldiers with them.
July 17, 2018
Special Operations Forces Continue to Expand Across the World—Without Congressional Oversight
Even Congress doesn’t know the extent of American military reach.
January 9, 2018
Bulking Up on Special Operations Forces in 2018 Will Not Stop Terrorism
With a record number of deployments and outsourced proxies, elite forces are achieving less with more.
December 14, 2017
Donald Trump’s First Year Set a Record for Use of Special Operations Forces
Elite commandos deployed to 149 countries in 2017.
June 26, 2017
American Special Ops Forces Have Deployed to 70 Percent of the World’s Countries in 2017
And we’re only halfway through the year.
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January 5, 2017
American Special Operations Forces Are Deployed to 70 Percent of the World’s Countries
Will Obama’s legacy as Commander-in-Chief continue under Trump?
September 27, 2016
Why America’s Military Isn’t Even Close to Being the Greatest in the World
US military strategy should go beyond “killing people and breaking things”—but it doesn’t.
March 15, 2016
The Case for Demilitarizing the Military
Civilian control of the military is a minimal condition for democracy. Too bad the United States doesn’t meet it.
Gregory D. Foster
November 17, 2015
The US Military’s Best-Kept Secret
For years, American military expansion in Africa has gone largely unnoticed, thanks to a deliberate effort to keep the public in the shadows.
October 26, 2015
American Special Operations Forces Have a Very Funny Definition of Success
US Special Operations forces have deployed to 147 countries this year. To what end, exactly?