Accession Number : ADA264205


Title :   Roles and Missions for Special Operations Forces in the 1990's


Descriptive Note : Individual study project


Corporate Author : ARMY WAR COLL CARLISLE BARRACKS PA


Personal Author(s) : Mitchell, John M


Full Text : https://apps.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fulltext/u2/a264205.pdf


Report Date : 08 Feb 1993


Pagination or Media Count : 26


Abstract : The challenges of the new world order in which the United States finds itself in the 1990's mandate a fresh look at how our special operations forces should be employed. Without a Soviet Union to serve as our defense focus, we must reconsider the various threats to our security and national interests, and consider how best to train, equip and organize to address them. The public groundswell demanding economies from the government in general, and the defense establishment in particular, forces the special operations forces to examine their capabilities and to look for ways to accomplish additional missions. While many tend to link special operating forces with low intensity conflict, recent experience in mid-intensity conflict proves their usefulness in that level as well. We must be prudent in the choices we make about missions and capabilities in the near term, so that we don't eliminate or degrade forces which offer a great deal of flexibility across the wide spectrum of conflict.


Descriptors :   *MISSIONS , *LOW INTENSITY CONFLICT , MILITARY FORCES(UNITED STATES) , USSR , UNITED STATES , NATIONAL SECURITY , THREATS , SECURITY , INTENSITY , OPERATION , CONFLICT , SELECTION , LOW INTENSITY


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


Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE