usmilitary image While most Americans only recognized the war of violent extremism when Al-Qaida attacked the United States in 2001, it has been going on much longer, and SOCOM troops are the heart of that battle, Clarke said. Career Guide

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Special operations forces will remain an integral part of the nation’s solutions to top strategic problems, but they will change, the commander of U.S. Special Operations Command said. At a virtual conference yesterday sponsored by the National Defense Industrial Association, Army Gen. Richard D. Clarke said SOCOM is involved in three wars moving forward: the war of extremism, the war for influence and the war for talent. They are all interrelated, he added.