Accession Number : ADA620360


Title :   Enduring Engagement Yes, Episodic Engagement No: Lessons for SOF from Mali


Descriptive Note : Master's thesis


Corporate Author : NAVAL POSTGRADUATE SCHOOL MONTEREY CA


Personal Author(s) : Powelson, Simon J


Full Text : https://apps.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fulltext/u2/a620360.pdf


Report Date : Dec 2013


Pagination or Media Count : 91


Abstract : This thesis examines SOF's recent experience in Mali and determines where or to what extent it should be considered a failure. In addition to analyzing these encounters, a second aim of this thesis is to make recommendations for how SOF might better build partner capacity and capability in the future. The argument made is that enduring engagement is of enduring value; episodic engagement, on its own, is not. Examples of both types of engagement can be found in United States Special Operations Forces recent interactions with the Malian military.


Descriptors :   *MILITARY OPERATIONS , *SPECIAL OPERATIONS FORCES , FAILURE , INTERACTIONS , MILITARY CAPABILITIES , MILITARY FORCES(FOREIGN) , POLICIES , SECURITY , SPECIAL FORCES , TERRORISM , THESES


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


Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE