By U.S. Government,Department of Defense,United States Special Operations Command,Joint Special Operations University
As USSOCOM confronts the demanding situations provided by way of the twenty first century and policymakers proceed to examine SOF as a well-liked skill to handle quite a few and intricate defense concerns, thought is key in picking and explaining the perfect roles and missions for SOF within the twenty first century and for construction and maintaining the forces. It explains the strategic application of SOF, bolsters the strategic artwork inside SOF, and informs doctrine. This monograph deals a foundation towards this kind of theory.
The timing for advancing a accomplished thought of yank specified operations couldn't be extra opportune for a number of purposes. First, with over 70 years of recent heritage, the yank SOF popularity hasn't ever stood better within the esteem of the general public and policymakers. within the final 20 years designated operations have taken on a better position in nationwide safety, and policymakers and strategists have chanced on application within the type of army energy SOF tasks. Such attractiveness is a double-edged sword. The kingdom has been faced with major demanding situations within the first 1/2 the twenty first century that experience already strained the means of the U.S. and its strategic companions to accommodate them. Policymakers and the 2012 protection method are right to acknowledge the relevance of SOF to those threats and possibilities, yet in advocating the larger use of designated operations they truly don't grab what the SOF Truths indicate approximately SOF capacity.5 for that reason, U.S. exact Operations Command (USSOCOM) needs to parley the richly deserved esteem gained via precise operators over the last decade to construct the strength for the long run whereas advising policymakers and senior army determination makers on how top to exploit a qualitatively restricted SOF potential. simultaneously, a few humans query even if the best strategic application is being made from SOF power.6 this isn't a wondering of SOF personnel's efforts, yet a real difficulty approximately how specific and constrained features are used, or now not used, and the way they could most sensible be utilized in the longer term. A unified conception could tell how top to wield the SOF sword.
Second, lower than USSOCOM, SOF have matured right into a discrete army strength with some of the distinguishing features that outline a separate provider. Theories and colleges of concept clarify how each one provider suits into the nation's defense, units the parameters for roles and missions, lays the foundation for a strategic paintings, and informs doctrine and the pro improvement of the strength. long ago, SOF have depended on mentoring, on-the-job event, a constrained doctrine, and a excessive measure of suppleness and suppleness. even though the nice desire for and cost of the latter, a conception and college of inspiration offer standpoint for procedure, venture making plans, and improvising while in touch with the enemy, considerably shortening and decreasing the price of the educational curve in any respect degrees of war.
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21st Century SOF: Toward an American Theory of Special Operations - Building and Sustaining a Special Operations Force by U.S. Government,Department of Defense,United States Special Operations Command,Joint Special Operations University