Accession Number:

ADA422764

Title:

Planning and Training Considerations for Emerging Trends in Special Operations and General Purpose Force Operational Integration

Descriptive Note:

Final rept.

Corporate Author:

NAVAL WAR COLL NEWPORT RI

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

2004-02-09

Pagination or Media Count:

24.0

Abstract:

Evidence from recent operations shows an increasing tendency of employing Special Operations Forces SOF with General Purpose Forces GPF. The larger degree of cooperation and mutual support necessitates Joint Forces Command JFCOM, United States Special Operations Command USSOCOM and the Services change current planning and training framework to better reflect present and future operational employment expectations. Previously SOF and GPF planners primarily focused on deconfliction of operations when needed, but Operation Iraqi Freedom OIF and Operation Enduring Freedom OEF have demonstrated a need for greater cooperation and SOFGPF integration at all levels. Integration of SOF and GPF is happening on the battlefield now. Recent changes to doctrine necessitate changes in military education and training to reinforce the successes and mitigate shortcomings and risks found in current SOF and GPF integration. JFCOM can drive this with initiatives in these areas with the support of the Services, USSOCOM, and the training proponents and centers. Implementation of this training and education will increase employment options for Combatant Commanders, JTF Commanders, and unit leaders at all levels. The changing nature of conflict under the Global War on Terror GWOT, limited resources, broad operational scope, and increased operational tempo require all assets be employed to the greatest effect and as efficiently as possible. More effective integration of SOF and GPF is a step towards this end.

Subject Categories:

  • Military Forces and Organizations
  • Unconventional Warfare

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE