President Obama to meet with special ops forces in Florida

Obama to give last national security speech


TAMPA, Fla. – President Barack Obama is ready to travel to Florida's MacDill Air Force Base to thank some of the country's special operations forces and deliver his last national security speech in office.

The White House says Obama wants to meet with service members who have played an increasingly large role in the nation's fight against extremist groups and have participated in some of its most stunning successes. The chief example is the operation that killed Osama bin Laden in May 2011.

Ben Rhodes, deputy national security adviser, said Obama has focused on building a more sustainable approach to dealing with extremist groups.

Rhodes said that approach centers on local troops "securing these places for themselves" while the United States provides intelligence and training to complement a U.S.-led coalition air campaign.