Accession Number:

ADA620772

Title:

What Is the Future for SOF in the Arctic?

Descriptive Note:

Master's thesis

Corporate Author:

NAVAL POSTGRADUATE SCHOOL MONTEREY CA DEFENSE ANALYSIS DEPT

Report Date:

2014-12-01

Pagination or Media Count:

255.0

Abstract:

This thesis will serve to answer the central question What is the future for Special Operations Forces in the Arctic The Arctic environment demands specially trained military personnel and units. Over time, the requirement for states to be able to operate in the Arctic is increasing while, for many, the capability to do so is decreasing. Future operations in the Arctic will depend on Joint, Interagency, Intergovernmental, and Multinational JIIM relationships. The operational environment of the Arctic currently lacks infrastructure, satellite and communication coverage, and strategic-through-tactical mobility. The key recommendations from this thesis are Current andor future exercises should reflect Arctic-specific challenges. Networks, such as the Global Special Operations Forces SOF Network, should be empowered to address Arctic challenges. National SOF should participate regularly in Joint and International Arctic training exercises. Unit commands and mission planners should see analogies between current problems in other littoral regions of the world and the Arctic, and prepare accordingly.

Subject Categories:

  • Military Forces and Organizations
  • Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE