special operations forces

This article presents potential Military Assistance concepts of operations in support of specific security policy objectives, and proposes feasible new concepts in MA operations.

Journal Article | July 17, 2017 08:55 AM | Comments(2)

ABC's ‘analysis’ boils down to little more than innuendo and cheap shots against a community that is not in a position to publicly defend itself.

Journal Article | June 11, 2017 11:25 PM | Comments(1)

It is necessary to develop and deliver strategic design education, in order to bridge the gap between operational and strategic design and between SOF and civilian partners.

Journal Article | May 17, 2017 06:45 AM | Comments(5)

Half the world’s population is women - in combination with some cultural aspects that are present in the world - SOF will not be relevant without the the integration of women.

Journal Article | February 17, 2017 03:05 PM | Comments(1)

There were a number of serious problems with the Navy SEAL raid on the 29th of January in Yemen, but at least we know it happened.

Journal Article | December 31, 2016 06:50 AM | Comments(3)

Part III of IV of “What’s Wrong with SOCOM?”

Part II of IV of “What’s Wrong With SOCOM?”

Journal Article | December 25, 2016 02:28 PM | Comments(5)

Part I: JSOC Winning the War Against White SOF and the Problems Massive Bureaucracy Gets You in the Conduct of Irregular Warfare

Journal Article | December 23, 2016 03:06 PM | Comments(9)

The new career course model is ultimately detrimental to the Special Forces Regiment. It deprives SF captains of some of the best training the Army has to offer.

Journal Article | December 22, 2016 10:47 AM | Comments(1)

The United States should petition a reclassification of perfidy from the United Nations to ensure the legal protections and force protection of SOF while conducting clandestine operations.

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.

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 | February 7, 2013 02:30 AM | Comments(1)

Times of crisis can be a brief window of opportunity for large institutional bureaucracies to overcome jurisdictional boundaries and make changes to business as usual. 

Journal Article | December 27, 2012 04:30 AM | Comments(22)

Comparing Past and Current Challenges to Afghan Local Defense.

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 | May 31, 2012 03:46 AM | Comments(3)

A direct action case study from World War II.

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

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