Accession Number : ADA262795
Title : AFSOF: A Unique Application of Aerospace Power
Descriptive Note : Research rept.
Corporate Author : AIR UNIV MAXWELL AFB AL AIRPOWER RESEARCH INST
Personal Author(s) : Hill, John A
Report Date : Apr 1993
Pagination or Media Count : 85
Abstract : Operations conducted by specially organized, trained, and equipped military and paramilitary forces to achieve military, political, economic, or psychological objectives by unconventional means in hostile, denied, or politically sensitive areas. These operations are conducted during peacetime competition, conflict, and war, independently or in coordination with operations of conventional, non-special operations forces. Politico-military considerations frequently shape special operations, requiring clandestine, covert, or low visibility techniques and oversight at the national level. Special operations differ from conventional operations in degree of physical and political risk, operational techniques, mode of employment, independence from friendly support, and dependence on detailed operational intelligence and indigenous assets.
Descriptors : *AIR FORCE OPERATIONS , POLITICAL SCIENCE , PEACETIME , ECONOMICS , CONVENTIONAL WARFARE , MISSIONS , PSYCHOLOGY , MILITARY ORGANIZATIONS
Subject Categories : Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics
Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE