Accession Number : AD1033598

Title :   The Role of Special Operations Forces in Global Competition

Descriptive Note : Technical Report

Corporate Author : Center for Naval Analyses Arlington United States

Personal Author(s) : Broyles,David ; Blackenship,Brody

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Report Date : 01 Apr 2016

Pagination or Media Count : 60

Abstract : Nations have a variety of options for exerting influence, such as through diplomatic, military, or economic means. In recent years, some nations have shifted to more ambiguous activities for exerting global influence, in attempts to achieve benefits normally obtained through conventional war, but without triggering such a war. In this report, we explored a different way of thinking about these ambiguous activities and their implications, which suggested a need to shift U.S. focus away from preparing to win tomorrow and toward winning today. From this shift, we described a different approach to U.S. activities in such competitive environments. We also identified the unique qualities of U.S. Special Operations Forces (SOF) as the military force having the best alignment with these different activities.

Descriptors :   Special Operations Forces , INTERNATIONAL CONFLICTS , DIPLOMACY , ECONOMICS , GEOPOLITICS , UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT , MILITARY FORCES (UNITED STATES) , MILITARY OPERATIONS , counterterrorism , counterinsurgency , international relations

Subject Categories : Military Forces and Organizations

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE