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USSOCOM Research Topics 2010

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The United States Special Operations Command USSOCOM 2010 Research Topics list, produced by the Joint Special Operations University JSOU, is intended to guide research projects for Professional Military Education PME students, JSOU faculty, research fellows, and others writing about special operations during this academic year. Research is one of the cornerstones of JSOUs academic mission as we strive to produce publications to meet joint Special Operations Forces SOF operational and planning needs. Each year representatives from USSOCOM, the Theater Special Operations Commands TSOCs, SOF chairs from the war colleges, and JSOU senior fellows develop a list of salient issues confronting SOF in the near term. The list is vetted through the components and TSOCs to ensure that research will advance SOF missions and support SOF interests. The final recommendations for research topics are approved by the USSOCOM commander. The topics list is organized into eight sections A-H with the first seven addressing the most pressing needs or issues facing SOF today. Section B focuses on research issues related to Combating Terrorist Networks CbTNs as this is the critical fight the United States and its allies are engaged in today. The following sections expand on issues crucial to understanding CbTNs irregular warfare, the interagency process, and regional and cultural studies. The interagency is often discussed today, but frequently misunderstood. The interagency is best understood as a community or process that links different elements of government. Two key locations where the interagency comes together are Washington, D.C. and at U.S. embassies in foreign countries. The overarching focus of interagency research is how to best ensure the interagency process meets requirements for successful prosecution of the ongoing irregular form of war.

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  • Military Forces and Organizations

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