Operational Functions to Achieve Synergy between Special Operations and Precision Strike
NAVAL WAR COLL NEWPORT RI JOINT MILITARY OPERATIONS DEPT
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This paper identifies and analyzes the requirements for combatant commanders to effectively combine the capabilities of special operations and precision fires in the context of the Global War on Terrorism GWOT. The paper describes the operational functions required from the appointed operational commander and his staff to achieve synergism through the combination of special operations and precision strike. Offensive Counterterrorism OCT is a critical part of the United States national strategy for counterterrorism and it is implicit for operational leaders. Each combatant commander must ensure that organizational systems and methods maximize information technology to achieve rapid decision-making capability, leverage all-source intelligence that is efficiently analyzed, and ensure that networked joint fires assets provide effects timely and precisely without unnecessary collateral damage. Neither special operations nor precision fires alone will achieve the desired results, but their cumulative effect in a balanced combination offers combatant commanders increasingly viable and effective options.
- Military Forces and Organizations
- Unconventional Warfare