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.
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.