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Authorities and Options for Funding USSOCOM Operations

Authorities and Options for Funding USSOCOM Operations

Elvira N. Loredo
John E. Peters
Karlyn D. Stanley
Matthew E. Boyer
William Welser
Thomas S. Szayna
Copyright Date: 2014
Published by: RAND Corporation
Pages: 92
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    Authorities and Options for Funding USSOCOM Operations
    Book Description:

    This report examines mechanisms, sources, and inter-Service agreements for funding special operations forces (SOF) operations and provides recommendations to reduce the frequency and duration of disputes between the United States Special Operations Command, the Military Departments, and Geographic Combatant Commands over their respective funding responsibilities for SOF.

    eISBN: 978-0-8330-8715-7
    Subjects: History, Finance

Table of Contents

  1. Front Matter
    (pp. i-ii)
  2. Preface
    (pp. iii-iv)
  3. Table of Contents
    (pp. v-vi)
  4. Figures and Tables
    (pp. vii-viii)
  5. Summary
    (pp. ix-xiv)
  6. Acknowledgments
    (pp. xv-xvi)
  7. Abbreviations
    (pp. xvii-xx)
  8. CHAPTER ONE Introduction
    (pp. 1-10)

    Current national policy, as described in the January 2012 Defense Strategic Guidance (DSG), calls for small-footprint, low-cost approaches where possible to ensure U.S. security in a 21st-century world of transnational threats.¹ In response to the DSG, United States Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) has developed the Global SOF [Special Operations Forces] Network (GSN) concept, which calls for increased forward presence by SOF and envisions building cooperative relationships with partner countries to deter future threats and to respond more effectively to emerging threats.² The GSN concept posits that increasing SOF forward presence and creating networks will enable USSOCOM to deepen existing partnerships...

  9. CHAPTER TWO Challenges and Issues Concerning TSOC Funding
    (pp. 11-24)

    We first considered whether the funding challenges posed by USSOCOM’s validated but unfunded requirements might be resolved by USSOCOM obtaining CCSA status. DoDD 5100.03 defines CCSA as

    The Secretary of a Military Department to whom the Secretary of Defense or the Deputy Secretary of Defense has assigned administrative and logistical support of the headquarters of a combatant command, United States Element, North American Aerospace Defense Command, or subordinate unified command. The nature and scope of the combatant command support agent responsibilities, functions, and authorities shall be prescribed at the time of assignment or in keeping with existing agreements and practices,...

  10. CHAPTER THREE Conclusions and Recommendations
    (pp. 25-32)

    Making USSOCOM the CCSA for the TSOCs is not a desirable course of action because it is unlikely, on its own, to ensure that the TSOCs can overcome their present funding challenges and because it would expose USSOCOM and DoD to additional, unnecessary expenses associated with tracking, accounting, reporting, and reimbursing Service-common expenses and BOS. However, with the TSOCs now assigned to USSOCOM,¹ CDRUSSOCOM has an opportunity to pursue a course of action that anticipates funding disputes and seeks to either eliminate them or shorten their duration. The recommendations we present in this chapter fall into three categories. The first...

  11. APPENDIX A Memoranda of Agreement
    (pp. 33-42)
  12. APPENDIX B Funding Sources
    (pp. 43-70)
  13. References
    (pp. 71-76)