Accession Number : ADA309391

Title :   Role of United States Special Operations Forces in Peace Operations.

Descriptive Note : Strategic research project,

Corporate Author : ARMY WAR COLL CARLISLE BARRACKS PA

Personal Author(s) : Fuller, Leslie L.

PDF Url : ADA309391

Report Date : 26 MAR 1996

Pagination or Media Count : 45

Abstract : The United States Department of Defense during the last five years increased its support and deployments to Peace Operations (POs). This study explores the roles and missions for Special Operations Forces (SOF) from the U.S. Army, Navy, and Air Force. The SRP does not discuss the Marine's Expeditionary Unit, Special Operations Capable (MEU (SOC)). This is because the author does not believe them to be true Special Operations Forces, but conventional/general purpose forces with some specialized training. This paper describes each service's Special Operations Forces; their core missions, capabilities, limitations and command and control headquarters. The focus of this paper is to describe each SOF unit so that the reader will have a clearer understanding of the missions and capabilities of SOF forces as they assist in POs. The level of technical detail and definition of the material in this paper is written for personnel who have some knowledge of U.S. SOF units. Information contained in this paper would be beneficial to members of a joint staff. The research of this paper relied on current doctrinal documents and after action reports from recent 'Military Operations Other than War.'

Descriptors :   *MILITARY OPERATIONS, *MILITARY STRATEGY, *PEACEKEEPING, *SPECIAL OPERATIONS FORCES, MILITARY FORCES(UNITED STATES), AIR FORCE, DEPLOYMENT, UNITED STATES, NATIONAL SECURITY, CORES, PEACETIME, COMMAND AND CONTROL SYSTEMS, MISSIONS, MARINE CORPS PERSONNEL, MILITARY COMMANDERS.

Subject Categories : Government and Political Science
      Defense Systems
      Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE