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The Role of SOF Direct Action in Counterinsurgency

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Schafer, Mark
Fussell, Chris
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2010-05
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May 2010
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en_US
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One of the greatest challenges facing today’s counterinsurgency (COIN) campaign is that transnational extremists are fanning the flames of theater-level insurgency. Certain direct-action units within Special Operations have demonstrated an ability to remove these elements through surgical strikes. The conundrum is how to execute these operations without disrupting the local populace, thereby undermining the COIN effort. This essay offers one possible solution.
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This essay appeared in the 2010 JSOU and NDIA SO/LIC Division Essays Report / JSPU Report 10-4.
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Defense Analysis (DA)
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Schafer, Mark, and Chris Fussell. "The Role of SOF Direct Action in Counterinsurgency." Joint Special Operations University and the Strategic Studies Department (2010): 81.
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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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