Enhancing Hungarian Special Forces through Transformation -- The Shift to Special Operations Forces
NAVAL POSTGRADUATE SCHOOL MONTEREY CA DEFENSE ANALYSIS DEPT
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The objectives of this thesis are to highlight the challenges posed by the further development of the Hungarian Special Forces HUNSF and to provide a viable alternative for facilitating its consolidation. The thesis hopes to guide the construction of a permanent permissive environment for HUNSF development and deployment. The study utilizes historical examples of Special Forces units, organizational design theory, and statistical analysis of empirical research on HUNSFs bureaucratic environment. The key findings are that the challenges HUNSF faces are similar to those of other evolving Special Forces, and that these challenges are aligned with the developmental stage of HUNSF as an organization. The research also reveals that the permissiveness of HUNSFs environment depends on the following the degree of military organizational value alignment between the Hungarian Defense Forces HDF and HUNSF, and HUNSFs perceived disrespect toward the HDF. HUNSF, in its present stage of organizational evolution, must become more appreciative of its potentially accommodating bureaucratic environment. Its current dependence on influential individual sponsors must be replaced by institutionalized sponsorship. And for HUNSF to become an enhanced HDF asset, its present special forces capacity must be turned into a Special Operations Forces capacity on the tactical, operational, and strategic levels.
- Administration and Management
- Military Forces and Organizations