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The Assistant Secretary of Defense for Special Operations and Low Intensity Conflict provides civilian oversight of the United States Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) and is an advocate for special operations forces within the Department of Defense.

The following article provides a description of ASD SO/LIC and suggested reforms to make the office more robust and effective: "ASD SO/LIC - Reform Needed Within DoD?", SOF News, March 2020. https://sof.news/defense/solic/


November 23, 2020. "Righting the Course for America's Special Operators", by Mark E. Mitchell and Doug Livermore, War on the Rocks. The authors endorse the recent decision of Acting SECDEF Chris Miller to elevate the status of ASD SO/LIC with the Department of Defense - arguing that it will increase the impact of special operations on national defense, improve advocacy for SOF, and provide real civilian control and oversight over USSOCOM.

November 18, 2020. "Acting SECDEF Announces OSD Changes at Fort Bragg, NC", U.S. Department of Defense News. Transcript of Acting Secretary of Defense Chris Miller addressing members of the special operations community about changes for ASD SO/LIC.

November 18, 2020. "Video: Acting Defense Secretary Visits Fort Bragg", U.S. Department of Defense News. The Acting SECDEF outlines changes in reporting for ASD SO/LIC within DoD.

November 18, 2020. "New Pentagon chief racing to make changers before Trump's exit", by Lara Seligman, Politico.

November 18, 2020. "Pentagon shakeup means more civilian oversight for special operations", by Meghann Myers and Howard Altman, Military Times.

November 18, 2020. "What Acting SecDef Miller's Special Ops Shift Means", by Paul Mcleary, Breaking Defense.

May 2019. Special Operations Forces: Additional Actions are Needed to Effectively Expand Management Oversight, Government Accountability Office.





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