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Special Operations Forces and the Professionalization of Foreign Internal Defense | Small Wars Journal

Special Operations Forces and the Professionalization of Foreign Internal Defense | Small Wars Journal

A world with rapidly evolving instability has required U.S. Special Operations Forces (SOF) to assume a global posture.   Through an examination of SOF support of persistent global operations, it is easy to identify the successes.  Striking raids conducted by secretive, highly specialized units against terrorist organizations perforate the 24 hour media cycle.  These highly publicized successes such as the killing of Osama bin Laden or the rescue of Captain Phillips from Somali pirates does well for the U.S. military, the administration, and the SOF community.  However, if the community chooses to take an honest look across the spectrum of special operations’ core activities

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