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Improving The Understanding Of Special Operations: A Case History Analysis

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Technical Report

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RAND Santa Monica United States

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Current political and budgetary constraints will likely complicate U.S. efforts to develop and implement a fully resourced national security strategy for some years to come. In consideration of these constraints and a challenging strategic environment, U.S. Army special operations forces SOF may constitute an effective and cost-sensitive capability, in combination with other irregular warfare IW capabilities that have been maintained by the services. However, Army SOF have not always been successful in making the case for employment of some of their capabilities to the policymaking audience. Therefore, the Army asked the RAND Arroyo Center, a federally funded research and development center at the RAND Corporation, to examine how the Army and Army SOF, as part of the joint SOF, might better articulate their value proposition and better contribute to formation of Army and U.S. Department of Defense DoD policy. The purpose of the project is to examine how successful change has occurred in Army and DoD policy regarding SOF to inform future development of options for policymakers and to articulate ways in which the varied Army SOF capabilities can help to meet U.S. national security objectives.

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

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