Accession Number : ADA299361

Title :   United States Army Special Forces Coalition Support Operations: Mission or Collateral Activity.

Descriptive Note : Master's thesis 2 Aug 94-2 Jun 95,

Corporate Author : ARMY COMMAND AND GENERAL STAFF COLL FORT LEAVENWORTH KS

Personal Author(s) : Davis, Peter E.

PDF Url : ADA299361

Report Date : 02 JUN 1995

Pagination or Media Count : 104

Abstract : This study investigates the United States Army Special Forces role in coalition support operations since the Goldwater/Nichols Defense Reorganization Act of 1986. The issue presented is combined operations in a coalition environment are extensive and deserve more attention than they have received. This thesis determined that coalition support should be classified a collateral activity of Special Forces. Coalition support operations should receive recognition in Joint and Army Special Operation Force's (SOF) doctrinal manuals as a collateral activity related mostly to foreign internal defense (FID). The relationship to FID is based on the current doctrinal definition of train, organize, equip, advise, and assist indigenous forces. Specific concept plans, operations plans, and mission letter tasking from theater special operations commands to apportioned Army Special Forces units are adequate to generate Mission Essential Task List (METt) training. This will permit the appropriate Special Forces Group to develop required expertise to support this collateral activity. U.S. Armed Forces future operations for the most part will be combined. With coalition support recognized at all levels as a Special Forces collateral activity, a structure will exist to properly facilitate the interaction of coalition partners and the U.S. military, rather than organizing ad hoc to accomplish the missions.

Descriptors :   *ARMY OPERATIONS, *SPECIAL FORCES, DEFENSE SYSTEMS, FOREIGN, ARMY PERSONNEL, THESES, INTERNAL, PLANNING, MILITARY ORGANIZATIONS.

Subject Categories : Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE