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Adjusting Special Forces Officer Professional Military Education

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Air Command and Staff College Maxwell Air Force Base United States

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The post Desert Storm conflicts have shown the enemy has adapted the means of engaging the United States in conflict. These conflicts have not centered on engaging and destroying a military force but rather securing political victories. United States Special Forces will continue to conduct their unique primary missions and collateral activities within this environment and the training of the Special Forces officer should best equip him to operate accordingly. Special Forces officer education should be sustained throughout the career of the officer with a focus on language, cultural competency, interagency processes, and joint and Special Operations Forces doctrine. This thesis examines the aspects of Special Forces Professional Military Education as it relates to the contemporary operating environment and proposes recommendations for adjustments in Special Forces officer education. The intent is to provide a viable option for better equipping todays Special Forces officers to meet the challenges of tomorrow.

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