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USSOCOM Research Topics 2012

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The USSOCOM Research Topics 2012 list represents an effort to identify, categorize, and list SOF-related research topics for research by PME students, JSOU senior fellows, and other SOF researchers who desire to make timely and meaningful contributions to SOF issues and challenges. The USSOCOM commander places great emphasis and value on SOF PME students research and writing on timely, relevant, SOF-related topics. Such activity develops the individuals intellect and provides a professional and practical perspective that broadens and frames the insights of other analysts and researchers in regard to these topics. This list and the accompanying topic descriptions are a guide to stimulate interest and thinking topics may be narrowed, broadened, or otherwise modified as deemed necessary e.g., to suit school writing requirements or maximize individual interests and experiences. Sections A through G contain new topic categories with major ideasconcepts for 2012 from which topics can be derived, depending on the interest experience of the researcher and the desired level of detail. Section A Priority Topics identifies those topics of particular importance that the USSOCOM commander has identified for special emphasis. All of the topics seek to expand SOF understanding of specific challenges and issues and promote thinking in regard to understanding them and identifying doctrine, capabilities, techniques, and procedures to increase SOF efficacy in addressing them. At the same time, the research is also intended to inform policymakers, the larger military profession, and the public of the issues and challenges of concern to the SOF community and what might be undertaken in support of them. The topics reflect a consensus of those participating in the topics project that is, the topics are deemed particularly worthwhile in addressing immediate SOF needs and in building future capacity for emerging challenges.

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  • Government and Political Science
  • Humanities and History
  • Military Forces and Organizations
  • Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics

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