Shoot, move, communicate, purchase : how United States Special Forces can better employ money as a weapon system

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Authors
Yamaki-Taylor, Ryan D.
Subjects
United States Special Forces
USSF
contingency contracting
SF contracting
money as a weapon system
MAAWS
counterinsurgency contracting
COIN contracting
Special Operations Task Force - Kandahar
SOTF-KAF
SOTF
CJSOTF-A
SOTF contracting
contracting officer's representative
COR training;
Advisors
Yoder, E. Cory
Date of Issue
2011-12
Date
December 2011
Publisher
Monterey, California. Naval Postgraduate School
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Abstract
This thesis analyzes how well United States Special Forces (USSF) are employing Money as a Weapon System (MAAWS) in accordance with the current Commander International Security Assistance Force (COMISAF) guidance on counterinsurgency (COIN) contracting in Afghanistan. By analyzing the current ways USSF are employing MAAWS, specifically in Southern Afghanistan, this thesis identifies friction areas (past, present, future) between guidance and employment at the Special Operation Task Force (SOTF) level and below. Based on this analysis, this thesis provides recommendations to help reduce these friction areas and enable Special Forces tactical units to better employ Money as a Weapon System. The main recommendations focus on incorporating the Yoder Three-Tier Model, modified to meet the needs of USSF and enhancing training on contingency contracting to educate SF Commanders and Soldiers designated to fill the role of contracting officer's representative (COR). These recommendations will enable Special Forces to better employ MAAWS in the future and greatly increase the effectiveness and efficiency of their contracting procedures.
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Thesis
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Defense Analysis (DA)
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xvi, 53 p. ; 28 cm.
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This publication is a work of the U.S. Government as defined in Title 17, United States Code, Section 101. Copyright protection is not available for this work in the United States.
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