Accession Number : ADA116241

Title :   A Strategic Reorientation for Special Forces in the 1980s.

Descriptive Note : Student essay,

Corporate Author : ARMY WAR COLL CARLISLE BARRACKS PA

Personal Author(s) : Baratto,David J

PDF Url : ADA116241

Report Date : 10 May 1982

Pagination or Media Count : 30

Abstract : This essay reviews the origin and history of special forces. It covers the expansionary period of Viet Nam in fair detail with its attendant cross currents and the development of contemporary missions and incongruities. The current threat, interests, and objectives of the United States are examined in light of their applicability to special forces. Doctrinal shortfalls in the training and application are critically revealed. A strategic reorientation is suggested which espouses a proactive versus reactive strategy. (Author)

Descriptors :   *Military strategy, *Military forces(United States), *Strategic warfare, *Defense planning, Military force levels, Specialists, Missions, History, Military doctrine, Military training, Military planning, Policies, Threat evaluation, Military applications

Subject Categories : Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE