Accession Number : ADA533788


Title :   USSOCOM Research Topics 2010


Corporate Author : JOINT SPECIAL OPERATIONS UNIV HURLBURT FIELD FL


Full Text : https://apps.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fulltext/u2/a533788.pdf


Report Date : Jan 2010


Pagination or Media Count : 91


Abstract : The United States Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) 2010 Research Topics list, produced by the Joint Special Operations University (JSOU), is intended to guide research projects for Professional Military Education (PME) students, JSOU faculty, research fellows, and others writing about special operations during this academic year. Research is one of the cornerstones of JSOU's academic mission as we strive to produce publications to meet joint Special Operations Forces (SOF) operational and planning needs. Each year representatives from USSOCOM, the Theater Special Operations Commands (TSOCs), SOF chairs from the war colleges, and JSOU senior fellows develop a list of salient issues confronting SOF in the near term. The list is vetted through the components and TSOCs to ensure that research will advance SOF missions and support SOF interests. The final recommendations for research topics are approved by the USSOCOM commander. The topics list is organized into eight sections (A-H) with the first seven addressing the most pressing needs or issues facing SOF today. Section B focuses on research issues related to Combating Terrorist Networks (CbTNs) as this is the critical fight the United States and its allies are engaged in today. The following sections expand on issues crucial to understanding CbTNs: irregular warfare, the interagency process, and regional and cultural studies. The interagency is often discussed today, but frequently misunderstood. The interagency is best understood as a community or process that links different elements of government. Two key locations where the interagency comes together are Washington, D.C. and at U.S. embassies in foreign countries. The overarching focus of interagency research is how to best ensure the interagency process meets requirements for successful prosecution of the ongoing irregular form of war.


Descriptors :   *JOINT MILITARY ACTIVITIES , *MILITARY RESEARCH , NETWORKS , COMBAT READINESS , INTERAGENCY COORDINATION , SPECIAL OPERATIONS FORCES , MILITARY PLANNING , UNCONVENTIONAL WARFARE , EDUCATION , TERRORISTS


Subject Categories : Military Forces and Organizations


Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE