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dc.contributor.advisorDavis, Zachary
dc.contributor.authorMilliron, Craig W.
dc.dateJune 2014
dc.date.accessioned2014-08-13T20:17:52Z
dc.date.available2014-08-13T20:17:52Z
dc.date.issued2014-06
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10945/42687
dc.descriptionApproved for public release; distribution is unlimiteden_US
dc.description.abstractThe role of U.S. Army Special Forces (SF) in the counterproliferation of weapons of mass destruction (WMD) has been minimal in recent years. As globalization leads to increased ability of both states and non-state actors to acquire WMDs, the efforts of Army SF should increase accordingly. Focusing on nuclear weapons, this thesis argues that Army SF elements are ideally positioned to contribute to the counterproliferation mission through the use of the global special operations forces (SOF) network. Utilizing the regional expertise of Army SF and its network of foreign military and government contacts achieved through years of sustained relationships, it serves as an ideal opportunity for strengthening counterproliferation capabilities across the world. Rather than focusing exclusively on the interdiction of WMDs by specialized SOF elements, this thesis recommends shifting to Phase Zero—before WMDs are present—with a focus on building partner capacity to combat WMDs. It examines the adaptation of existing Army SF programs and authorities in order to focus them on WMD and compares this to Army SF augmenting existing non-SOF counterproliferation programs. Finally, it explains how these missions can build relationships within the global SOF network for future operations against proliferators and lead to improved international security.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. As such, it is in the public domain, and under the provisions of Title 17, United States Code, Section 105, may not be copyrighted.en_US
dc.titleShifting focus: assessing the role of U.S. Army Special Forces in the counterproliferation of weapons of mass destructionen_US
dc.typeThesisen_US
dc.contributor.secondreaderLeMire, Guy
dc.contributor.departmentDefense Analysis
dc.subject.author- Weapons of mass destructionen_US
dc.subject.authorcounterproliferationen_US
dc.subject.authorproliferationen_US
dc.subject.authorU.S. Army Special Forcesen_US
dc.subject.authorbuilding partner capacityen_US
dc.subject.authornuclear weaponsen_US
dc.subject.authorGlobal SOF Networken_US
dc.subject.authorborder securityen_US
dc.subject.authortraffickingen_US
dc.subject.authordeterrenceen_US
dc.description.recognitionOutstanding Thesisen_US
dc.description.serviceMajor, United States Armyen_US
etd.thesisdegree.nameMaster of Science in Defense Analysisen_US
etd.thesisdegree.levelMastersen_US
etd.thesisdegree.disciplineDefense Analysisen_US
etd.thesisdegree.grantorNaval Postgraduate Schoolen_US


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