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Shoot, Move, Communicate, Purchase: How United States Special Forces Can Better Employ Money as a Weapon System
NAVAL POSTGRADUATE SCHOOL MONTEREY CA
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This thesis analyzes how well United States Special Forces USSF are employing Money as a Weapon System MAAWS in accordance with the current Commander International Security Assistance Force COMISAF guidance on counterinsurgency COIN contracting in Afghanistan. By analyzing the current ways USSF are employing MAAWS, specifically in Southern Afghanistan, this thesis identifies friction areas past, present, future between guidance and employment at the Special Operation Task Force SOTF level and below. Based on this analysis, this thesis provides recommendations to help reduce these friction areas and enable Special Forces tactical units to better employ Money as a Weapon System. The main recommendations focus on incorporating the Yoder Three-Tier Model, modified to meet the needs of USSF and enhancing training on contingency contracting to educate SF Commanders and Soldiers designated to fill the role of contracting officers representative COR. These recommendations will enable Special Forces to better employ MAAWS in the future and greatly increase the effectiveness and efficiency of their contracting procedures.
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