Accession Number:

ADA222921

Title:

Special Operations Forces in Direct Action, Peacetime Contingency Operations

Descriptive Note:

Individual study project

Corporate Author:

ARMY WAR COLL CARLISLE BARRACKS PA

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1990-03-31

Pagination or Media Count:

23.0

Abstract:

These are changing times for our world, our traditional opponents, our national priorities, and our armed forces. At the center of this change is a debate on force structure, capability, roles, and missions to deter or fight an enemy at the lower end of the operational continuum. Special operations forces SOF are highly trained forces which can operate particularly well in what has been described as a Low Intensity Environment. In this study, the author describes peacetime contingency operations and the generic roles of SOF conducting direct action missions within a theater. He then describes command and control options and senior leader considerations. The study concludes that SOFs flexible employment capabilities in the contingency role and across the operational continuum are at the leading edge of a change in Army priorities to highly deployable, CONUS-based, contingency forces.

Subject Categories:

  • Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE