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Independent voices from the The Washington Times Communities
Topic - David Barno
A Washington think tank founded by President Obama's first Pentagon policy chief has issued a report criticizing the administration's defense budget, which the think tank's founder played a role in developing.
The Obama administration's increasing reliance on special operations forces with a stagnant budget has sparked concern among the elite units that they will be asked to do too much with too little.
Gen. Barno said: "Conventional forces can look ahead and see the light at the end of the tunnel, but special operators look ahead and see the continued demand as far as they can see. They can't see a light at the end of the tunnel."
In a Feb. 14 Foreign Policy article titled "SOF Power," Gen. Barno said the Obama administration has not adequately addressed important questions about the impact on the culture of special operations forces.