U.S. Navy SEALs found this poster of Osama Bin Laden, plus valuable intelligence information, in an al Qaeda classroom in Afghanistan. The Navy's inherent mobility, plus its demostrated sustainment and precision-engagement capabilities, make it a key player in special operations.
Special operations forces are well suited for success in the prolonged, global fight against a loosely aligned network of Islamic jihadists. U.S. conventional armed forces, however-based on force structure, doctrine, and culture-are not properly oriented to prevail in the asymmetric warfare typical of this struggle. Recognizing this, the secretary of Defense in 2003 designated United States Special Operations Command (SOCOM) an operational warfighting headquarters and the supported command in the global war on terror.