Linda Robinson and Frank Kearney on The Future of U.S. Special Operations Forces
Former adjunct senior fellow, Council on Foreign Relations
Director for Editorial Strategy, Studies Program, and Director, Task Force Program, Council on Foreign Relations
With the film Zero Dark Thirty set to premiere this week, Linda Robinson, former CFR adjunct senior fellow and national security expert, discusses the future of U.S. special forces. In Robinson's Foreign Affairs essay, "The Future of Special Operations," she writes that the time has come to change the nature of special operations and go beyond drone strikes and kill-and-capture missions like the one that led to the death of Osama bin Laden. Instead, U.S. special forces should deprioritize this "direct approach" in favor of an "indirect approach."
Linda Robinson, Public Policy Scholar with the Wilson Center, discusses her essay in Foreign Affairs, "The Future of Special Operations," with the magazine's managing editor Jonathan Tepperman.
Linda Robinson discusses her recently released Council Special Report, The Future of U.S. Special Operations Forces, which calls for conceptual, institutional, and operational changes to reorient U.S. special operations forces to ensure that they are employed to best effect.