Accession Number : AD1029786

Title :   NORSOF Military Assistance Capability Development

Descriptive Note : Technical Report

Corporate Author : Naval Postgraduate School Monterey United States

Personal Author(s) : Hedenstrom,Andreas ; Kristiansen,Marius

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Report Date : 01 Sep 2016

Pagination or Media Count : 187

Abstract : How can Norwegian Special Operations Forces (NORSOF) improve its capabilities for military assistance (MA) in order to increase the strategic utility of both NORSOF and MA? After examining and analyzing the broader literature, a more specific body of literature about NORSOF, the results of an already existing survey of NORSOF personnel, and comments contained within both the respective literature and the survey results, we recommend establishing a national SOF doctrine to strengthen NORSOF niches in the global SOF network, seek synergy between national tasks and MA, increase NORSOF vertical implementation in operations, use the MA capability in support of Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and establish an MA Network of Practice across NORSOF units. This capstone concludes with three new courses of action that demonstrate how NORSOFs enhanced MA capabilities can be pursued in order to achieve strategic objectives for Norway in the realms of deterrence, reassurance, and conflict resolution.

Descriptors :   military assistance , Deterrence , Negotiations , Special operations forces , Literature surveys , Norway , Military forces(Foreign) , military organizations , international relations

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE