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Special Operations Missions, Roles, and Lessons Learned. Joint Center for Lessons Learned Quarterly Bulletin. Volume 5, Issue 2, March 2003

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Special operations forces SOF have played, and will play, a major role in recent and future U.S. conflicts. Examples of recent SOF involvement include Somalia, Afghanistan, and Panama. SOF is at the forefront of action in Iraq to stem the threat from Saddam Hussein and the terrorist networks he collaborates with against our way of life. Therefore, this Joint Center for Lessons Learned JCLL Bulletin presents information on the SOF from the perspective of the Special Operations Command of the Joint Forces Command SOCJFCOM. The majority of the articles in this Bulletin were written by the SOCJFCOM staff and present the lessons learned and recommendations from the SOF involvement in training exercises and real world operations. The first article, Special Operations Command Joint Forces Command SOCJFCOM, by Col Mike Findlay, Commander SOCJFCOM, discusses the mission, role, and organization of SOCJFCOM. The article further discusses the integration of SOF into the joint force and the joint force commanders authority in regard to SOF utilization. Special Operations Forces-Integration in Joint Warfighting, provides information on the relationship of SOF in the overall employment of forces, specifically at the theater level. LTC Mark Jones and LTC Wes Rehorn, SOCJFCOM, discuss planning and employment integration, and employment options of SOF as a joint special operations task force JSOTF to enhance the overall mission effectiveness. The third article by Col Mike Findlay, LTC Robert Green, and Maj Eric Braganca, SOCJFCOM, is based on an investigation of the role and integration of airpower with SOF ground forces, particularly in light of the results of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM in Afghanistan. Fires and Maneuver-Challenges on the Noncontiguous Battlefield. A SOF Perspective, looks at the implications to doctrine, organization, and training of the cohesive effort between SOF and airpower support, and the challenges faced in the integration. The fourth article, Hom

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  • Military Forces and Organizations
  • Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics

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