Accession Number:

ADA464555

Title:

Organizing SOCOM for Cross-Functional and Geographic Area Operations in the Global War on Terrorism

Descriptive Note:

Research paper

Corporate Author:

NAVAL WAR COLL NEWPORT RI JOINT MILITARY OPERATIONS DEPT

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

2005-02-14

Pagination or Media Count:

24.0

Abstract:

While Special Operations Command SOCOM has started to transform its organization, the nature of the terrorist threat requires something more. To defeat and denydiminish the terrorist threat across geographic and functional areas of responsibility AOR, SOCOM needs two entirely different organizations. One organization would operate in the very same seams as the terrorists, while the second organization would take on the mission of smoothing and preventing those seams. The first organization would plan, direct, and execute direct-action type operations designed to defeat the terrorist threat, while the second organization would plan, direct, and execute long-term, nonkinetic operations such as information operations IO, psychological operations PSYOPS, unconventional warfare UW, and foreign internal defense FID to denydiminish the threat. The first organization would be a small, cellular interagency organization composed of personnel on loan for an extended period from agencies such as the Central Intelligence Agency CIA, Defense Intelligence Agency DIA, and Department of Justice DOJ. The second organization would be a much larger entity that would work across geographic boundaries to integrate IO, PSYOPS, UW, and FID into the geographic combatant commanders GCC theater security cooperation plans to shape and prevent future battlefields.

Subject Categories:

  • Administration and Management
  • Government and Political Science
  • Military Forces and Organizations
  • Unconventional Warfare

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE