Friday, November 21, 2014

Special Warfare - Greater Emphasis Needed

According to Army Doctrine Reference Publication (ADRP) 3-05, Special Operations, 31 August 2012, special warfare (page Glossary-7) is defined as:
"The execution of activities that involve a combination of lethal and nonlethal actions taken by a specially trained and educated force that has a deep understanding of cultures and foreign language, proficiency in small-unit tactics, and the ability to build and fight alongside indigenous combat formations in a permissive, uncertain, or hostile environment."
A recent online article on special warfare explores the need for the United States to refine and strengthen this capability. Some of the authors of the article include Dan Madden, Dick Hoffman, Michael Johnson, Fred Krawchuk, John Peters, Linda Robinson, and Abby Doll. Read "Special Warfare: The Missing Middle in U.S. Coercive Options", War on the Rocks, November 20, 2014. View other Irregular Warfare Publications.

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