Accession Number : AD1042554


Title :   Special Operations Doctrine: Is it Needed


Descriptive Note : Journal Article


Corporate Author : JOHN F KENNEDY SPECIAL WARFARE CENTER AND SCHOOL (ARMY) FORT BRAGG NC FORT BRAGG United States


Personal Author(s) : Linder,James B ; Cleveland,Charles T ; Dempsey,Ronald


Full Text : https://apps.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fulltext/u2/1042554.pdf


Report Date : 07 Dec 2016


Pagination or Media Count : 15


Abstract : On a cool, crisp morning in early April 2012, American and Afghan special forces struggled up the steep and rugged slopes of Maholic Mountain.1 The mountain overshadows the former home of the deceased Taliban leader Mullah Omar on the northern outskirts of Kandahar City, Afghanistan. This band of men completed the challenging ritual each week as a way of building camaraderie while not out on missions. Upon reaching the top of the mountain, one can view the humidity rising off the ground in the distance creating a mirage-like effect. Looking further out, one can see Kandahar City with its vast collection of mud huts (qalats), strip malls, mosques, and two and three story buildings. Resting on top of a boulder, with a bead of sweat running down the side of his head, one special forces soldier sipped coffee from his thermos as he reflected on a recent experience in Northern Kandahar.


Descriptors :   doctrine , unconventional warfare , military operations , asymmetric warfare , governments , united states special operations command , psychological operations , special forces , training , insurgency , military organizations , civil affairs , contingency operations (military) , UNCONVENTIONAL WARFARE , COUNTERINSURGENCY


Subject Categories : Military Forces and Organizations
      Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics


Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE