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dc.contributor.advisorRichardson, Michael
dc.contributor.authorBuswell, Philip A.
dc.dateDecember 2011
dc.date.accessioned2012-08-22T15:33:28Z
dc.date.available2012-08-22T15:33:28Z
dc.date.issued2011-12
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10945/10750
dc.description.abstractRegional proficiency is a critical capability in irregular warfare (IW). In preparation for increased engagement in irregular warfare, the Defense (DoD) and the Military Services made several significant improvements in developing regional proficiency. While the DoD is attempting to create a new capability in the majority of the Total Force, Special Forces was created to succeed in an IW environment. As a result of its design, Special Forces valued and developed regional proficiency long before this became topical in DoD. Oddly, the last decade of overseas contingency operations which spurred interest in regional proficiency in DoD overall has also threatened regional proficiency development in Special Forces. An analysis of Special Forces training and development reveals that the Special Forces primary means of developing regional proficiency is through deployment experience. While the Special Forces Groups are regionally aligned, several have consistently deployed outside of their Area of Responsibility (AOR) to support combat operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. A survey and a series of interviews were conducted to determine the state of regional proficiency interest in Special Forces. Through survey analysis, several trends were identified. With this information this thesis concludes with a suggested strategy to improve regional proficiency in Special Forces non-commissioned officers (NCOs).en_US
dc.description.urihttp://archive.org/details/keepingspecialfo1094510750
dc.format.extentxx, 167 p. : ill. ; 28 cm.en_US
dc.publisherMonterey, California. Naval Postgraduate Schoolen_US
dc.rightsThis 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.en_US
dc.subject.lcshIrregular warfare.en_US
dc.titleKeeping Special Forces special: regional proficiency in Special Forcesen_US
dc.typeThesisen_US
dc.contributor.secondreaderSimons, Anna
dc.contributor.corporateNaval Postgraduate School (U.S.)
dc.contributor.departmentDefense Analysis (DA)
dc.subject.authorSpecial Forcesen_US
dc.subject.authorRegional Proficiencyen_US
dc.subject.authorCultural Capabilityen_US
dc.subject.author3Cen_US
dc.subject.authorLanguageen_US
dc.subject.authorCross-Cultural Competenceen_US
dc.subject.authorDoctrineen_US
dc.subject.authorIrregular Warfare;en_US
dc.description.recognitionOutstanding Thesisen_US
dc.description.serviceUS Navy (USN) authoren_US
etd.thesisdegree.nameM.S. in Defense Analysisen_US
etd.thesisdegree.levelMastersen_US
etd.thesisdegree.disciplineDefense Analysisen_US
etd.thesisdegree.grantorNaval Postgraduate Schoolen_US
dc.description.distributionstatementApproved for public release; distribution is unlimited.


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