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Special Operations Command North (SOCNORTH)

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SOCNORTH plans, coordinates, and conducts special operations in collaboration with mission partners, to assure allies and partners, compete below the level of armed conflict, deter irregular and conventional threats, and set conditions to execute contingency operations to defend the United States and its interests.


SOCNORTH, working with partners, provides Special Operations Force (SOF) options to deter, deny, and disrupt irregular threats and mitigate gaps and seams to defend the homeland.


SOCNORTH's area of responsibility mirrors that of United States Northern Command (USNORTHCOM) and includes air, land, and sea approaches. It encompasses the continental United States, Alaska, Canada, Mexico, and the surrounding water out to approximately 500 nautical miles. It also includes the Gulf of Mexico, the Straits of Florida, and portions of the Caribbean region to include the Bahamas, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands. The commander of SOCNORTH is responsible for maintaining existing relationships with regional SOF organizations in Canada, Mexico, and the Bahamas and facilitates their contributions to the cooperative defense of North America.

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