This report was originally published by the Bush School of Government & Public Service at Texas A&M University, and was taken from an address delivered by Mr. Hadley at the Scowcroft Legacy Conference Sponsored by the Scowcroft Institute of International Affairs on April 26, 2016.
This reflection examines the relationship between Special Forces and general forces. Special Forces operate quickly and with great secrecy. Unlike general forces, the element of secrecy keeps Special Forces out of public debate. Recognizing the strength of Special Forces, how should we wage war with transparency?
The perceived need for reform is in the interagency coordination process has increased over the years. Yet, the way forward is complicated by a constitutional fault line. This piece assesses challenges in the interagency process, the national security staff, and a possible way forward for improvement.