C-SOCC Is Talk of the Town


Netherland SOF

It’s Friday and time for our weekly shoot the shit. We are so damned sick of hearing Democrats trying to undermine the Executive Branch that we decided to talk about a positive development committed to paper on 16 Feb 2017 in Brussels.

In what appears to be a restructuring of the EU’s special operations forces, three countries, Belgium, Denmark and The Netherlands signed a letter of intent to establish a Composite Special Operations Component Command (C-SOCC). The new organization has all of the characteristics of our own JSOC; combining the Special Operations capabilities of three EU countries under one central command structure.

During a signing ceremony, NATO Deputy Secretary General Rose Gottemoeller welcomed the initiative as timely and valuable. “This tri-national effort reflects the reality that Special Operations Forces today operate increasingly in a multinational context,” she said. “The ability to command our Special Forces effectively is as important as the forces themselves, and NATO has made it a priority”, Ms. Gottemoeller added.

The new command will be developed in line with NATO standards, leveraging the expertise of NATO’s Special Operations Headquarters in Mons, Belgium. While primarily intended for NATO operations, the command could support United Nations and other multinational operations.

We certainly view this as a positive move provided the inevitable kinks in Command and Control are worked out, but for now things are looking good for a more capable commitment and international SOF tasking.

Have a great weekend! Spend some quality time with your buds and family!

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