[Strategic Intel] SECDEF Mattis says ‘line is blurring’ between conventional, SPECOP warfare

Defense Secretary James Mattis said this week that there is a blurring of lines between special operations forces and conventional forces, and that in the near future the latter may shoulder missions that were once the exclusive purview of the former. In a meet-and-greet with Pentagon reporters, SECDEF said the 9/11 attacks have changed things. [...]


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Jon E. Dougherty is a political, foreign policy and national security analyst and reporter with nearly 30 years of experience in both fields. A U.S. Army veteran of Operation Enduring Freedom, he holds BA in Political Science from Ashford University and an MA in National Security Studies/Intelligence Analysis from American Military University.