Accession Number:

ADA592980

Title:

Employing U.S. Army Special Forces to Defeat America's Emerging Threats

Descriptive Note:

Civilian research project

Corporate Author:

DUKE UNIV DURHAM NC SCHOOL OF LAW

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

2013-04-01

Pagination or Media Count:

42.0

Abstract:

Following the 911 attacks, the U.S. invaded Afghanistan and Iraq while targeting al-Qa ida AQ and other transnational terrorist organizations in order to neutralize America s security threats. U.S. Army Special Forces SF supported Operations Enduring Freedom OEF and Operation Iraqi Freedom OIF by conducting Unconventional Warfare UW operations. After the overthrow of the Taliban and Saddam s government, SF transitioned from UW to Foreign Internal Defense FID, creating the Afghan and Iraqi Army Commandos who led the way for their new governments security. Today, the U.S. and our Special Operations Forces SOF focus heavily on Surgical Strike missions, specifically Counter Terrorism CT and Direct Action DA operations as we continue to target AQ and other terrorist organizations. This focus on Surgical Strike operations and underutilization of SOF in Special Warfare operations such as FID and UW may limit DODs ability to defeat emerging threats. This paper will examine Special Warfare operations, specifically FID, Preparation of the Environment PE and UW and how the application of these missions can efficiently support long term U.S. national security objectives.

Subject Categories:

  • Unconventional Warfare

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE