The definition and purpose of special operations continue to be a moving target as the United States pulls away from the War on Terror and begins to prepare and train for a “great power” conflict.

The special operations community has been a key player and in the spotlight in our wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Its mission hasn’t changed much over the past 20 years.

Special operations units have paid huge costs. Their reputation has been paid for with long stints away from home and major sacrifices made by those continuing to forward deploy.

With the shift to great power competition, the federal government and department of defense are re-evaluating spending and budgets. Based on a military.com article, the Air Force Special Operations Command (AFSOC) is currently trying to prepare and plan for a minimized budget and change in operational requirements.