A U.S. Navy SEAL member provides cover for his teammates advancing on a suspected location of al-Qaida and Taliban forces, Jan. 26, 2002.
A continuous, heavy reliance on the most elite U.S. forces is threatening to erode what many officials now see as an increasingly indispensable set of military capabilities.
Already on the front lines in the battle against terror groups such as Islamic State and al-Qaida, U.S. special forces are increasingly being called upon to help combat a growing variety of threats from state and nonstate actors at a pace that Pentagon officials fear may not be sustainable.
"We've been operating at such a high op-tempo for the last decade-plus," Theresa Whelan, acting assistant defense secretary for special operations and low-intensity conflict, told the House Armed Services Committee on Tuesday. "We've mortgaged the future in order to facilitate current operations.
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More News On Growing Concerns That U.S. Special Forces Are Being Stretched Because of Multiple Deployments And Operations
Socom Commander Highlights Elite, Globally Deployed Forces -- US Department of Defense
US Special Forces Commander Says Soldiers 'Are Suffering' From 15 Years of War -- Newsweek
Special Ops general: Rate of deployment 'unsustainable' -- Stars and Stripes
Multiple Deployments Are Forcing SOCOM To ‘Eat Our Young,’ Officials Say -- Task & Purpose
'We've had to eat our young': Leaders warn Congress that readiness of elite US commandos units are at risk -- Washington Examiner
After multiple deployments, US special forces may have 'mortgaged the future' -- Business Insider
SOCOM: High Optempo Creates Recruiting Challenges In Special Operations Community -- USNI News
Stop relying so heavily on U.S. special forces: The death of a Navy SEAL in Somalia reminds us we're overusing a military tool -- Andrew Peek, NYDaily News
Special Operations Forces is about people not the equipment they use -- SOFREP