Accession Number:

ADA574219

Title:

Conventional and Special Operations Forces Integration at the Operational Level

Descriptive Note:

Master's thesis

Corporate Author:

NAVAL POSTGRADUATE SCHOOL MONTEREY CA DEFENSE ANALYSIS DEPT

Report Date:

2012-12-01

Pagination or Media Count:

83.0

Abstract:

Combat operations in Afghanistan and Iraq demonstrated that different types of military forces must be integrated to effectively counter evolving threats. Senior Army leaders have identified the need to retain the ability to effectively integrate conventional and special operations forces. Integration should not aim to combine forces to the point where they are indistinguishable, but should maximize the effects of each forces unique capabilities. This thesis concludes that in the future, conventional and special operations forces integration should be addressed with the following tenets 1 integration should be determined by the task, not the unit 2 integrated operations require a dedicated staff at the joint task force level and 3 the supportedsupporting command relationship is most appropriate and should be determined by task. The thesis also proposes a methodology that enables the identification of task interdependencies between conventional forces CF and special operations forces SOF. Identifying these interdependencies informs staffs and commanders where integrated operations are best conducted. The design structure matrix, an approach used in the business and systems engineering sectors, provides a basis for the methodology. The goal of this campaign planning tool is cross-force synergy emerging from utilization of the unique capabilities of CF and SOF for maximum gains.

Subject Categories:

  • Military Forces and Organizations
  • Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics
  • Command, Control and Communications Systems

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE