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Special Warfare: The Missing Middle in U.S. Coercive Options

Thu, 11/20/2014 - 10:34am

Special Warfare: The Missing Middle in U.S. Coercive Options - War on the Rocks

In the face of adversaries exploiting regional social divisions by using special operations forces and intelligence services, and dwindling American appetite for intervention, the United States needs to employ a more sophisticated form of special warfare to secure its interests. Special warfare campaigns stabilize or destabilize a regime by operating “through and with” local state or nonstate partners, rather than through unilateral U.S. action. Special operations forces are typically the primary U.S. military forces employed, but successful campaigns depend on bringing to bear a broad suite of U.S. government capabilities. The figure below differentiates special warfare from more familiar forms of conflict. Special warfare has particular relevance to the current global security environment as policymakers seek options short of large-scale intervention to manage both acute crises (e.g., ISIL, Ukraine) and chronic challenges (e.g., insurgency in the Philippines)…

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Madhu (not verified)

Thu, 11/20/2014 - 11:10am

I posted this under the Crimea Twofer post and I'll add it here:

<blockquote>Kanerva's remarks come amid mounting Ukrainian frustration with the OSCE, the main international body tasked with fostering peace in eastern Ukraine, where government forces are battling pro-Russian separatists. Despite the checkpoint mission and a larger special mission launched on the Ukrainian side of the border in March, the OSCE has been unable to prevent separatists from receiving massive amounts of heavy weaponry.</blockquote>

OSCE's job, huh?…

How come those truck constituting a MASSIVE INVASION never get any flat tires or anything? Or do they? It's like NATO has lost it on the whole messaging thing....