Lt. General Jonathan Braga, Commander, U.S. Army Special Operations Command

Lt. General Jonathan Braga

Commander, U.S. Army Special Operations Command

Jonathan Patrick Braga was born in June 1969 in Attleboro, Massachusetts. He earned an undergraduate degree from the United States Military Academy at West Point, after which he was commissioned as a second lieutenant into the infantry. He availed himself of numerous other education opportunities afforded him by the U.S. military. 

Among his many assignments was one with the Special Forces Operational Detachment Delta Force at Fort Bragg, North Carolina. He served in leadership positions on varied operations including being deployed with Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Inherent Resolve. 

He has been the Commanding General of U.S. Army Special Operations Command since August 2021. 

He is married to Melanie and they have five children. 

In the News…

Lieutenant General Jonathan Braga said many lessons have been learned by American military leaders and tacticians from the Russia-Ukraine war.

“I think [information ops] … could be the most important lesson learned from the crisis in Ukraine,” he said. I mean, the world has rallied to support the Ukrainian armed forces, in my belief, because of information operations and gathering support.“ 

“I think the resistance and the resilience capability of the Ukrainian people is there because of successful information operations,” the lieutenant general said. “Messaging has played a huge role in the tactical and operational sense.” 

He added, Warfare is about a contest of wills. You can have an annihilation strategy where you destroy every red icon on the map … but at the end of the day, you have to convince a human to stop doing what you’re doing.


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