Pentagon wants more special forces


    A new Pentagon review of U.S. defense strategy would add thousands
    of troops skilled in fighting terrorists and insurgents to the ranks of
    the elite Special Operations Forces, The Washington Post reported on
    Tuesday.

    Citing U.S. officials and military analysts familiar
    with the Pentagon’s Quadrennial Defense Review, or QDR, the report said
    the plan would increase the number of Special Operations Forces to the
    highest level since the Vietnam War.

    The strategy also would add
    billions of dollars to the budget of the U.S. Special Operations
    Command over the next five years, the report said, citing the officials
    and analysts who spoke on condition of anonymity.

    The newspaper
    said one of the largest gains would be in Army Special Forces, or Green
    Berets, who operate in 12-member “A-teams.”

    The officials and
    analysts were cited as saying that the Special Forces would expand from
    15 to 20 active-duty battalions, creating about 90 more A-teams to
    deploy to regions considered vulnerable to terrorist or extremists
    influences, the newspaper reported.

    Pentagon spokesman Bryan
    Whitman declined to discuss details of the review but confirmed that
    bolstering Special Operations Forces was “a concept the QDR has
    identified as important,” the newspaper said.

    The QDR report will be sent to the White House and Congress in February.