The Role of the Global SOF Network in a Resource Constrained Environment
JOINT SPECIAL OPERATIONS UNIV MACDILL AFB FL
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It was an honor for the Joint Special Operations University JSOU to host the February 2013 Special Operations Forces SOF Symposium, The Role of the Global SOF Network in a Resource Constrained Environment. This symposium represented the second year in which JSOU and the Canadian Special Operations Forces Command CANSOFCOM have co-sponsored this event. We built upon the prior symposium hosted by the CANSOFCOM Professional Development Centre held in December 2011 at the Royal Military College of Canada in Kingston, Ontario. In that symposium, we explored the issues and challenges of SOF personnel training, mentoring, and collaborating with SOF from our partner nations around the world. This symposium moved us forward and focused on the future integration and interoperability necessary to sustain the emerging Global SOF Network with the realization that we will have to do this more efficiently and effectively. With anticipated resource constraints in the future, it will require a synchronized and interoperable Global SOF Network to combat our current and emerging threats. A network is inherently human in the SOF realm. Although our operators have a distinct advantage of access to some of the best equipment and systems in the world, it is the understanding and leverage of the human domain that serve to strengthen the bonds of trust among our partners while providing us an advantage in operations against our adversaries. Those bonds among our partners represent commitments that must be nurtured and sustained so we develop, together, both commonality of experience and trust.
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