Accession Number : ADA589717


Title :   Breaking through the Tension: The Operational Art of Special Operations in Phase Zero


Descriptive Note : Monograph


Corporate Author : ARMY COMMAND AND GENERAL STAFF COLLEGE FORT LEAVENWORTH KS SCHOOL OF ADVANCED MILITARY STUDIES


Personal Author(s) : Petit, Brian S


Full Text : https://apps.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fulltext/u2/a589717.pdf


Report Date : 23 May 2013


Pagination or Media Count : 101


Abstract : Since the conclusion of the Cold War, the United States has espoused engagement as its leading strategic principle. Despite this emphasis, engagement has yet to coalesce into a grand strategy. The U.S. military, as one component of U.S. power abroad, is often sub-optimized in the pre-crisis, peacetime realm where engagements occur. In this environment, colloquially titled Phase Zero, the U.S. military lacks an operational art. Defined as the linkage of tactics to strategy, the operational art in Phase Zero is an emerging field of study and practice. Special Operations Forces (SOF) provide unique approaches in Phase Zero environments. The examination of special operations approaches in Phase Zero provides insights into the challenges of devising and executing a Phase Zero operational art. By examining the intersection of policy, programs, and posture in Yemen, Indonesia, and Thailand, tensions are identified and analyzed. Within these tensions, special operations efforts to construct a Phase Zero operational art are examined. The monograph concludes with observations about the logic, methods, and challenges of formulating a special operations operational art in Phase Zero.


Descriptors :   *INDONESIA , *INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS , *MILITARY FORCES(FOREIGN) , *PEACETIME , *SPECIAL OPERATIONS FORCES , *THAILAND , *YEMEN , CASE STUDIES , DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE , ENEMY , FOREIGN POLICY , GOVERNMENT(FOREIGN) , MILITARY DOCTRINE , MILITARY HISTORY , NATIONAL SECURITY , POLITICAL ALLIANCES , THEORY


Subject Categories : Government and Political Science
      Military Forces and Organizations
      Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics


Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE