Accession Number : ADA583453


Title :   Effective SOF Employment: Mitigating Causes of Conflict


Descriptive Note : Master's thesis


Corporate Author : NAVAL POSTGRADUATE SCHOOL MONTEREY CA


Personal Author(s) : Cho, Young M ; Clark, Brady R ; Lee, Mark M


Full Text : https://apps.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fulltext/u2/a583453.pdf


Report Date : Jun 2013


Pagination or Media Count : 121


Abstract : Following two long wars conducted in Iraq and Afghanistan, the American appetite for large-scale and prolonged stability operations may be diminishing. Consequently, employment of United States Special Operations Forces (SOF) may prove an increasingly attractive alternative for the Department of Defense (DOD) in unstable regions because of its unique capability to operate indirectly and with a minimal footprint, particularly in responding to cases of State failure, which is closely tied to outbreaks of conflict between governments and armed insurgents. Hence, the appropriate employment of SOF will be of critical importance to the achievement of U.S.-led efforts goals-one of which is building partner nation capacity to mitigate causes of conflict or to prevent conflicts from escalating to cause complete state failure.


Descriptors :   *CONFLICT , *EMPLOYMENT , *FAILURE , *SPECIAL OPERATIONS FORCES , AFGHANISTAN , INSURGENCY , IRAQ


Subject Categories : Unconventional Warfare


Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE