29 Jun '15, 11pm

Reorganization is Imperative to Fixing Special Forces’ Bent Unconventional Culture: By: Fletcher Schoen ...

Almost everyone in the Special Operations Community recognizes the importance of Unconventional Warfare (UW) in the current environment of persistent conflict and domestic budgetary constraints. Yet, the full spectrum of UW capabilities has been underappreciated both as a mission area and corresponding capability set. As a result U.S. Army Special Operations Command’s (USASOC) capability to execute the UW mission has declined, particularly in denied and hostile environments where UW operations are hardest to conduct. USASOC’s Commander, General Cleveland, has recognized the decline in UW capabilities. In June, 2014 he stated, “We need to address a key capability gap for “high-end” UW. By “high-end” UW we mean the full range of conditions for unconventional warfare.”[i] Part of the blame for this critical gap lies with USASOC itself, which—until it began the reorganizations...

Full article: http://smallwarsjournal.com/jrnl/art/reorganization-is-im...

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