Analysis / Forces

U.S. Military Forces in FY 2021: Space, SOF, Civilians, and Contractors

Defense Outlook Series

This is part of the CSIS series U.S. Military Forces in FY 2021. Beyond the traditional military services, military forces include the new Space Force as well as Special Operations Forces (SOF, which functions as a quasi-service), Department of Defense (DOD) civilians (which perform many functions that military personnel perform in other countries), and contractors (which form a permanent element of the national security establishment, not only in the United States proper but also on overseas battlefields).

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