For the last 250 years, irregular warfare practitioners have played a crucial role in almost every war. Their experience has given them the training and knowledge to achieve strategic effects, even when they have lost tactical-level engagements. They have often played a pivotal supporting role as well in a broader conventional conflict. According to Major General John Brennan of the US Army’s 1st Special Forces Command, employing irregular warfare capabilities can address the major threats to US national security through great power rivals, rogue regional powers, and violent non-state actors.
The Crossroads of Special Operations