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dc.contributor.advisorRothstein, Hy
dc.contributor.authorBakal, Justin K.
dc.contributor.authorCrowe, Steven E.
dc.contributor.authorWachob, Adam J.
dc.dateDec-15
dc.date.accessioned2016-02-17T18:38:08Z
dc.date.available2016-02-17T18:38:08Z
dc.date.issued2015-12
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10945/47858
dc.descriptionApproved for public release; distribution is unlimiteden_US
dc.description.abstractSpecial Warfare forces are tasked with conducting operations in uncertain environments defined by rapidly changing environmental elements (instability) and the interaction of many diverse external factors (complexity). In order to succeed, organizations operating in uncertain environments should decentralize decision-making to the appropriate level and emphasize an organic approach that focuses on the importance of people, adaptation, and innovation. The current USASOC bureaucracy, mirroring the conventional Army, is built to maximize internal efficiency and specialize in previously predicted scenarios. Due to persistently high operational tempo, personnel downsizing, and fiscal constraints, redesigning USASOC is not feasible at this time. However, the improvement of processes and incremental enhancement to align better with the operational environment within the existing design is possible. This study explores best practices from innovative and adaptive organizations that ARSOF can draw upon to increase its capability to conduct special warfare. Through the examination of these best practices, the study identified four key factors that lead to innovation: collaboration, organizational structure, incentives, and acceptance. This study recommends that Special Warfare forces apply these factors by increasing career flexibility, internal and external linkages through broadening opportunities and liaisons, and the collective intelligence of the organization through the use of cross-functional teams and increased communication measures. Adopting these enhancements may promote innovation and adaptation and increase Special Warfare forces’ contributions to national defense.en_US
dc.description.urihttp://archive.org/details/innovativepracti1094547858
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.titleInnovative practices for special warfareen_US
dc.typeThesisen_US
dc.contributor.secondreaderJansen, Erik
dc.contributor.departmentDefense Analysis (DA)
dc.subject.authorArmy Special Operations Forcesen_US
dc.subject.authorU.S. Army Special Operations Commanden_US
dc.subject.authorinnovationen_US
dc.subject.authoradaptationen_US
dc.subject.authororganizational designen_US
dc.subject.authorincentivesen_US
dc.subject.authorcollaborationen_US
dc.subject.authoracceptanceen_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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