Permanent presence for the persistent conflict an alternative look at the future of special forces
Pratt, Christopher D.
Greenshields, Brian H.
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This study addresses two questions: 1) What is the future role for SF in the Long War Strategy; and 2) How will the roles and missions of SF have a strategic impact or high utility function in this current fight and in our future endeavors? This thesis asserts that the future role for Special Forces soldiers rests in a permanent OCONUS presence and engagement, so that SF teams can leverage and refine their unique skills, to include gaining a more comprehensive and deeper understanding of the regions in which they can be expected to operate. The arguments presented in this thesis are conceptual in nature, and are designed to offer the DoD an alternative approach for persistent presence and engagement. What I am advocating with this argument is a complete and total career commitment to living abroad. SF Groups in their entirety would be forward deployed OCONUS. The roles and posture of SF would change, but the seven primary missions would remain the same. If, as so many people argue, the U.S. needs to move forward with a smaller footprint, a forward-deployed SF would give us a permanent global posture of strategic significance--and one that would certainly help us prosecute the Long War more effectively.
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