Special Forces

The United States military should develop cyber special operations capabilities to expand the menu of policy options for addressing threats to U.S. interests and national security.

Journal Article | October 31, 2017 06:25 PM | Comments(3)

The battle of the beret has been a long and never-ending campaign for a multitude of Army Chiefs of Staff.

Journal Article | October 29, 2017 02:11 PM | Comments(9)

Words matter. Symbols matter. Does the Army see no meaningful difference between SF and SFAB?

Journal Article | February 20, 2017 05:06 PM | Comments(10)

SWJ book review of “Special Forces Berlin: Clandestine Cold War Operations of the US Army’s Elite 1956-1990” by James Stejskal.

As Iraq appears to unravel, it is only right to continue the debate about counterinsurgency, the appropriate application of landpower, and  the expanding role of Special Operations in the US...

Journal Article | June 17, 2013 01:30 AM | Comments(9)

Today SOF are being asked to do more than ever before and with increasingly vague and hubristic-sounding missions and concepts. New paradigms are needed.

Journal Article | May 15, 2013 01:30 AM | Comments(2)

Rebuilding our special reconaissance capability.

Interoperability is a function of leadership, hardship, and time. To quickly achieve it, focus on individual personalities, understand that everyone has value, and exercise mission command.

Journal Article | April 4, 2013 01:30 AM | Comments(33)

As SOCOM takes on the task of addressing population-centric conflict post-Iraq/Afghanistan, it must field a new type of SOF Operator--master of the full-spectrum of the human domain and...

Journal Article | March 19, 2013 01:25 AM | Comments(1)

Do the terrain and the friendly and enemy situations allow stability operations at the village or district level?

Journal Article | November 28, 2012 04:30 AM | Comments(9)

It is time to rethink the role of conventional U.S. military medical assets in COIN operations.

Journal Article | September 6, 2012 03:30 AM | Comments(56)

Implementing a provocative idea.

Journal Article | July 17, 2012 03:25 AM | Comments(6)

This type of massive COIN effort is only one extreme of a long continuum of policy options.  If we want to keep COIN from becoming a 'dirty word,' we need to leave room for alternate,...

Journal Article | June 20, 2012 09:11 AM | Comments(7)

Harnessing the Disruptive Mind of the entrepreneur and investor with the System Mind of the military and government at the tactical and strategic level of special operations.

Journal Article | March 2, 2012 04:06 AM | Comments(10)

Al Paddock explores the divorce between active and reserve component psychological operations units.