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EDUCATIONAL SPECIAL OPERATIONS WARGAME

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Authors
Plotkin, Alex E.
Plotkin, Barbara J.
Subjects
wargames
wargaming
wargame
COIN
counter-insurgency
FID
foreign internal defense
title 22
cross functional team
Special Forces
civil affairs
psychological operations
SOF
special operations forces
security cooperation
education
Advisors
Burks, Robert E.
Date of Issue
2021-12
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Monterey, CA; Naval Postgraduate School
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Abstract
The role of special operations is becoming increasingly more critical within Multi-domain Operations (MDO). Special operations forces (SOF) are the predominant persistent military presence globally. SOF will continue to facilitate an accurate understanding of the operational environment for decision makers, shaping the environment to prevent armed conflict and, when necessary, providing a marked advantage for the general-purpose force over an adversary to return to competition quickly. In addition, SOF remains the force of choice for the DOD for countering violent extremist organizations and must balance that responsibility with their role in competition with near-peer adversaries. Currently, U.S. Army Special Warfare and School is modernizing and optimizing each Qualification Course. The Army Special Operations (ARSOF) Captains Career Course (CCC) has recently modified its curriculum to include SOF-specific training to best prepare future ARSOF leaders to employ Special Forces, Civil Affairs, and Psychological Operations within the MDO construct. This wargame is designed for the new ARSOF officers who attend the ARSOF CCC. The wargame allows the students to work within a simulated multi-domain environment applying the course curriculum and SOF doctrine within the constraints of the course that has limit time, resources, and personnel. The goal of the wargame is to assist SOF captains as they prepare to take operational teams overseas in operational and combat deployments.
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Thesis
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Defense Analysis (DA)
Defense Analysis (DA)
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2nd SWTG/ USAJFKSWCS
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Approved for public release. Distribution is unlimited.
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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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