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Stabilization Operations Through Military Capacity Building-Integration Between Danish Conventional Forces and Special Operations Forces

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Technical Report

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Naval Postgraduate School Monterey United States

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Due to instability in Africa and the Middle East, Denmarks political commitment to deploy troops to stabilize fragile regions is not expected to decrease in the near future. The political ambition for Denmark is to conduct stabilization efforts through military capacity building under the framework of shape-secure develop.This requires targeting both the physical and the cognitive domains. For Denmark to sustain long term stabilization operations, different approaches to integrate and synchronize the efforts of both conventional forces and special operations forces must be explored. This capstone makes use of two different conceptual scenarios one of conflict prevention and one of conflict intervention. With conflict prevention, we contend that conventional forces and special operations forces should be fully integrated across doctrine, organization, and technology, and predominantly advise, mentor, and train local forces. With conflict intervention, military forces should predominantly partner and assist local forces through operational mentoring liaison teams and village stability operations. This capstone makes additional recommendations related to doctrine, organization, and technology, as well as education and training.

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  • Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics
  • Military Forces and Organizations

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