the proposal sparked a fierce high-level debate, with special operations officers charging that [War Czar Lt Gen. Doug] Lute and his colleagues were trying to micromanage the movement of individual Special Forces A-teams from inside the Beltway, and countercharges that Special Forces has strayed from its traditional mission of raising and training indigenous forces and become too focused on direct-action missions to kill or capture enemies.
You really should go read the whole thing. On the surface, it really appears that the Special Forces (across the spectrum) should have started “ramping up” on the afternoon of September 11, 2001.
One of the big complaints is that there isn’t enough airlift and other “enabling” elements to allow the SF guys to do what they need to do already, let alone if more are “surged” into the country.
Maybe this is related: 82nd CAB heading to Afghanistan
The 82nd Combat Aviation Brigade has received orders to deploy to Afghanistan in the spring, just slightly more than 12 months after its 2,800 soldiers redeployed from their last rotation in Afghanistan.