The Pentagon chief sent a tremor through the special operations community a couple of weeks ago when he told lawmakers that many elite crisis response forces around the world rarely get used.
Defense Secretary Mark Esper briefed the House Armed Services Committee at a Feb. 26 hearing that he is reviewing the need for special operations forces to be dedicated to permanent crisis response forces (CRF) as part of a larger review of the U.S. military's combatant commands.
Each of the Army's five Special Forces Groups keeps a company-sized element on a heightened state of readiness to serve as a direct-action, crisis response force for their specific combatant command region.
DA, short-duration strikes and other small-scale offensive actions conducted as a special operation.
A high readiness force capable of being deployed quickly on operations wherever needed.
CRS often sits as a theater security reserve force to rapidly respond to crisis if necessary.