Will the Biden Administration Shine Light on Special Ops Programs?

STENNIS SPACE CENTER, MS - FEBRUARY 20: An active-duty Special Boat Team member from the Navy's riverine Gulf Coast team peers through a night vision device while patrolling the Pearl River on a night training operation on February 20, 2013 in the swamps of the John C. Stennis Space Center in Stennis Space Center, Mississippi. Special Warfare Combatant-Craft Crewmen, or SWCCs, are members of the United States Navy's Special Boat Teams and are responsible for insertion, extraction, and combat fire support for the U.S. Navy SEALs. Ninety percent of riverine training takes place at night, due to the enormous advantage afforded to American special operations forces because of their extensive night vision capabilities.(Photo by Luke Sharrett/Getty Images)

U.S. special operations forces deployed to 154 countries, or roughly 80 percent of the world’s nations, last year, but information about exactly where elite forces conduct missions, under what authorities they operate, who they’ve killed, and whether they’re adhering to the laws of armed conflict is closely guarded, buried in obscure legal provisions, shrouded in secrecy, or allegedly unknown even to Special Operations Command.

Will the Biden Administration Shine Light on Special Ops Programs?