|While everyone knew this was going to happen after 9/11, I have to say I am glad to see it. I particularly like the force structure added.
"If they bring a full component of 2,500, it will be a special operations Marine Air-Ground Task Force," says U.S. Navy Commander Mark Divine, a SEAL officer who was tasked with observing the prototype unit in action and then writing the Proof of Concept report. "In addition to the air component, you'll have your 'shooters,' who are Recon Marines. Then there will be a logistical component, and a huge intelligence component."
I can't help but wonder how the approach the Marine Corp brings to SOCOM won't redefine SOCOM. Think about it, the Marine Corp has always been about bringing every possible asset with them as apart of the overall Marine Corp unit structure. SOCOM has traditionally been very reliant on other assets outside of SOCOM to fulfill roles the Marine Corp always included.
Will the Marine Corp change the way SOCOM operates, or will SOCOM change the way the other branches operate? I am just wondering, now that all branches have brought their special mission capability to SOCOM, does this pave the way for SOCOM becoming its own branch of the US Armed Services, including its own budget for land, sea, and air procurement?