U.S. Defense Department leaders think special operations forces (SOF) are uniquely suited for the most likely missions of the future—counter-terrorism and crisis response. The Pentagon, in fact, plans to cut troop strength and force structure “in every military service” in the fiscal 2015 defense budget “to protect critical capabilities like SOF and cyber-resources,” Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said before the document's release March 4. The Pentagon wants to increase manpower at U.S. ...

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