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dc.contributor.advisorVolpe, Tristan
dc.contributor.authorFrossard, Michael J.
dc.contributor.authorHoyng, Brandon L.
dc.contributor.authorNixon, Antonio L.
dc.date.accessioned2019-02-13T22:48:41Z
dc.date.available2019-02-13T22:48:41Z
dc.date.issued2018-12
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10945/61369
dc.description.abstractIn the two years since the Unified Command Plan (UCP) was changed to designate U.S. Special Operations Command (SOCOM) as the lead Department of Defense (DoD) synchronizer for all countering weapons of mass destruction (CWMD) plans, tangible progress has been slow. Organizations such as the Pentagon’s Unity of Effort Council and SOCOM’s CWMD Fusion Center are billed on paper as entities that can assist SOCOM in understanding the nuclear counterproliferation problem and help SOCOM plan responses to a WMD event. However, few people within these organizations understand the problem, are connected with the relevant agencies within the U.S. government (USG), and have a clear sense of what needs to occur. Even fewer members of the CWMD community across the interagency (IA) are aware of SOCOM’s efforts. This study analyzes SOCOM’s contribution to the USG nuclear counterproliferation mission and arrives at four conclusions. First, Theater Special Operation Commands (TSOCs) are the best postured in the DoD to contribute to a nuclear CP mission. Second, TSOCs can leverage the experience of Theater Special Operations forces. Third, TSOCs must ensure that their personnel receive basic knowledge of nuclear technologies, proliferation networks, and USG strategy and policy related to nuclear non-proliferation and counterproliferation. Finally, SOCOM must properly integrate personnel within the interagency to properly contribute to ongoing counterproliferation efforts.en_US
dc.description.urihttp://archive.org/details/theaterspecialop1094561369
dc.publisherMonterey, CA; 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.titleTHEATER SPECIAL OPERATIONS COMMAND'S ROLE IN NUCLEAR COUNTERPROLIFERATIONen_US
dc.typeThesisen_US
dc.contributor.secondreaderTullius, John D.
dc.contributor.departmentDefense Analysis (DA)
dc.contributor.departmentDefense Analysis (DA)
dc.contributor.departmentDefense Analysis (DA)
dc.subject.authorcounterproliferationen_US
dc.subject.authorCWMDen_US
dc.subject.authorweapons of mass destructionen_US
dc.subject.authornuclearen_US
dc.subject.authornuclear proliferationen_US
dc.description.serviceLieutenant, United States Navyen_US
dc.description.serviceChief Petty Officer, United States Navyen_US
dc.description.serviceMajor, United States Armyen_US
etd.thesisdegree.nameMaster of Science in Defense Analysis (Irregular Warfare)en_US
etd.thesisdegree.nameMaster of Science in Defense Analysis (Irregular Warfare)en_US
etd.thesisdegree.nameMaster of Science in Defense Analysis (Irregular Warfare)en_US
etd.thesisdegree.levelMastersen_US
etd.thesisdegree.levelMastersen_US
etd.thesisdegree.levelMastersen_US
etd.thesisdegree.disciplineDefense Analysis (Irregular Warfare)en_US
etd.thesisdegree.disciplineDefense Analysis (Irregular Warfare)en_US
etd.thesisdegree.disciplineDefense Analysis (Irregular Warfare)en_US
etd.thesisdegree.grantorNaval Postgraduate Schoolen_US
dc.identifier.thesisid32316
dc.description.distributionstatementApproved for public release; distribution is unlimited.


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