The Crossroads of Special Operations

Thursday, April 22, 2021

Conceptualizing the future of US Special Operations | Small Wars Journal

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The expectation from most is simple: incorporating the most advance technology, maintaining well executed CT capabilities and investing in missions across the operational service. Colonel Robert C. Jones has a solution for the loose-fitting definition. In an era characterized by rapidly shifting power, Colonel Jones says, “the US finds itself particularly challenged by the heightened competition.” In order to maintain strategic guidance, “the military must also serve to facilitate success in competition short of armed conflict,” Jones states. Special Operations is more than equipped to deal with current issues but adjusting abilities to deal with the emergent environment is always needed. Jones expresses how he sees counterterrorism as an approach that does not qualify under Special Operations. “The reality is that SOF is uniquely suited to create a new layer of unconventional deterrence.”

Source: https://smallwarsjournal.com/jrnl/art/conceptualizing-future-us-special-operations

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