Accession Number : ADA591810


Title :   The Role of the Global SOF Network in a Resource Constrained Environment


Corporate Author : JOINT SPECIAL OPERATIONS UNIV MACDILL AFB FL


Personal Author(s) : Ricks, Chuck


Full Text : https://apps.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fulltext/u2/a591810.pdf


Report Date : Nov 2013


Pagination or Media Count : 105


Abstract : It was an honor for the Joint Special Operations University (JSOU) to host the February 2013 Special Operations Forces (SOF) Symposium, The Role of the Global SOF Network in a Resource Constrained Environment. This symposium represented the second year in which JSOU and the Canadian Special Operations Forces Command (CANSOFCOM) have co-sponsored this event. We built upon the prior symposium hosted by the CANSOFCOM Professional Development Centre held in December 2011 at the Royal Military College of Canada in Kingston, Ontario. In that symposium, we explored the issues and challenges of SOF personnel training, mentoring, and collaborating with SOF from our partner nations around the world. This symposium moved us forward and focused on the future integration and interoperability necessary to sustain the emerging Global SOF Network with the realization that we will have to do this more efficiently and effectively. With anticipated resource constraints in the future, it will require a synchronized and interoperable Global SOF Network to combat our current and emerging threats. A network is inherently human in the SOF realm. Although our operators have a distinct advantage of access to some of the best equipment and systems in the world, it is the understanding and leverage of the human domain that serve to strengthen the bonds of trust among our partners while providing us an advantage in operations against our adversaries. Those bonds among our partners represent commitments that must be nurtured and sustained so we develop, together, both commonality of experience and trust.


Descriptors :   *INTEROPERABILITY , *MILITARY STRATEGY , *SPECIAL OPERATIONS FORCES , FORWARD AREAS , GLOBAL , INTEGRATION , MILITARY INTELLIGENCE , MILITARY TRAINING , NATIONS , NETWORKS , PERSONNEL DEVELOPMENT , RESOURCES , SECURITY , SYMPOSIA , SYNCHRONISM , THREATS


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


Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE