Irregular Warfare: Special Operations Joint Professional Military Education Transformation
ARMY COMMAND AND GENERAL STAFF COLL FORT LEAVENWORTH KS
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Irregular warfare is emerging as a dominant form of warfare for the future. Yet irregular warfare, at its root, contains many of the characteristics found on todays battlefront in Afghanistan and Iraq and in the Global War on Terrorism GWOT. At the forefront of the GWOT and irregular warfare are the United States Special Operations Command USSOCOM and Special Operations Forces SOF. As the designated lead for GWOT and the primary lead for irregular warfare, USSOCOM is the leading force in the emerging operational environment. Yet as SOFs relevancy increases, SOF integration continues to suffer within joint Service integration. The root of this required cultural integration begins with Joint Professional Military Education JPME. As a primary player in the future operational environment and the required total joint force integration, special operations must take a leading role in Professional Military Education PME, yet the current architecture of JPME does not facilitate or include this required SOF integration. This blending is critical to the success of our future joint force and requires potential Congressional action as the Defense Department, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and all Services adopt specific directives for SOF integration allowing service-like equality to USSOCOM for the purpose of JPME.
- Administration and Management
- Military Forces and Organizations
- Unconventional Warfare