Special Forces funding to be ‘reined in’ by Obama administration: report

Multiple defense sources told the Army Times to expect “flat” funding starting in fiscal 2015 for special operations forces (SOF).

Another source told the military news outlet that “reined in” would also be an appropriate phrase to describe future budgets, even though budget analysts had expected the Defense Department and White House to continue growth for SOF.


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U.S. Special Operations Command’s total force increased from 38,000 in 2001 to 63,000 by 2012, according to a recent Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessment report.

“What we’re trying to do is, we’re trying to get rebalanced in terms of our O&M, our operations and maintenance money, and our procurement and [research, development, test and evaluation] money,” Special Operations Command chief Adm. William McRaven said earlier this month during a defense conference in D.C.

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