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


Full Text : https://apps.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fulltext/u2/1033598.pdf


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