Brig. Gen. Lawrence “Gil” Ferguson, the commander of the 1st Special Forces Command, emphasized the significance of creativity in the Army’s special operations. He believes that while technology plays a pivotal role in warfare, it’s the innovative and audacious application of it that will determine victory. Ferguson promotes a culture of creativity and innovation within the command, seeking to foster technological innovation at the grassroots level.
- Brig. Gen. Lawrence “Gil” Ferguson stresses that creativity, more than technology alone, will be pivotal in winning the next battles.
- Ferguson’s background includes teaching at a prep school in Mississippi, serving in the National Guard, and active duty stints in the 7th and 20th Special Forces Groups.
- He advocates for a synchronized approach among the Army special ops components, letting the talents of each group reinforce the others on the battlefield.
- Drawing from Ukraine’s success, Ferguson highlighted how combining irregular warfare operations with effective public messaging and governance has validated many special operations concepts.
- Amid discussions about potential changes in Army special operations’ force structure, Ferguson suggests some of these changes might be tailored to specific global regions.