Accession Number : ADA590752


Title :   Mitigating the Cultural Challenges of SOF/Conventional Force Interdependence


Descriptive Note : Research paper


Corporate Author : ARMY WAR COLLEGE CARLISLE BARRACKS PA


Personal Author(s) : Salmon, Lee R


Full Text : https://apps.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fulltext/u2/a590752.pdf


Report Date : Mar 2013


Pagination or Media Count : 40


Abstract : This paper supports efforts by Strategic Land Force leaders to emphasize greater Conventional Forces/Special Operations Forces (CF/SOF) integration. However, it argues that what is missing in that effort is a focus on the cultural challenges inherent in increased interaction, integration, and interdependence of these distinct groups of warriors. SOF have a different mission than CF. This has led to a different, but for them equally appropriate, sub-culture. These cultural differences lead SOF and CF to respond to the idea of increased integration differently. With a growing acceptance in the military that counterinsurgency operations will play a larger role in Land Forces' future mission sets, military leaders must mitigate the clash of cultures to facilitate closer CF and SOF interaction. To bridge the culture gap, this paper recommends that Strategic Land Force leaders establish an Office of Strategic Landpower in the Pentagon to provide the CF/SOF interdependence initiative a needed emphasis on the leadership, trust, training, doctrine, and processes required to bridge the CF/SOF cultural divide.


Descriptors :   *ARMY , *CULTURAL DIFFERENCES , *INTEGRATION , *INTERACTIONS , *INTEROPERABILITY , *JOINT MILITARY ACTIVITIES , *SPECIAL OPERATIONS FORCES , ARMY PERSONNEL , ARMY TRAINING , BIAS , BILLETS(PERSONNEL) , INFORMATION EXCHANGE , LAND WARFARE , LEADERSHIP , MILITARY DOCTRINE


Subject Categories : Sociology and Law
      Military Forces and Organizations
      Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics


Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE