Accession Number : ADA312864

Title :   United States Army Special Forces in DESERT SHIELD/ DESERT STORM: How Significant an Impact.

Descriptive Note : Master's thesis, 2 Aug 95-7 Jun 96,

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

Personal Author(s) : Johnson, William M.

PDF Url : ADA312864

Report Date : 07 JUN 1996

Pagination or Media Count : 127

Abstract : This study investigates the contributions made by the U.S. Army Special Forces (SF) during the Persian Gulf conflict. Particular emphasis is placed on each mission performed by the SF during operations DESERT SHIELD/ DESERT STORM. Emphasis is placed initially on the building-block foundation of how a Special Forces Group (Airborne) is organized, paying particular attention to the operational A-detachment and the makeup of the SF soldier, which is paramount to this study. Brief accounts and descriptions are made of the various missions assigned to SF's coalition warfare support, which involved providing 'ground truth' and close air support to the Arab-allied units, border surveillance; direct action; special reconnaissance; and combat search and rescue. This provides a base of knowledge into the myriad of operations conducted by the SF during Operations DESERT SHIELD/STORM. The study concludes by examining published quotes from key leadership within the Department of Defense which provides this study with a measurable means of determining what significance the missions executed by the SF did have on the success of DESERT SHIELD/STORM.

Descriptors :   *MILITARY OPERATIONS, *IMPACT, *PERSIAN GULF, *ARMY PERSONNEL, *SPECIAL FORCES, DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE, LEADERSHIP, CLOSE SUPPORT, POLITICAL ALLIANCES, THESES, BOUNDARIES, MISSIONS, CONFLICT, SURVEILLANCE, RECONNAISSANCE, SEARCH AND RESCUE, SURFACE TRUTH.

Subject Categories : Military Forces and Organizations
      Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE