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dc.contributor.advisorSimons, Anna
dc.contributor.authorRiga, Christopher N.
dc.contributor.authorMahla, Philip L.
dc.dateJune 2003
dc.date.accessioned2012-03-14T17:30:04Z
dc.date.available2012-03-14T17:30:04Z
dc.date.issued2003-06
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10945/952
dc.description.abstractThis thesis defines the strategic utility of Special Operation Forces (SOF), identifies why SOF only provide limited strategic utility, and presents an operational concept for the reorganization, alignment, and employment of SOF to overcome these shortf alls. The thesis is presented in a deductive manner that argues that SOF were designed for strategic purposes, and leads the reader to conclude that reformation must occur for SOF to provide strategic utility and meet their intent. SOF would be in an optimal position to meet their organizational intent by becoming a fifth armed service within the Department of Defense (DoD). Through the creation of mission-based units and a holistic employment strategy, SOF would become a strategic instrument capability of assisting national decision -makers in blending the elements of national power. Finally, the thesis concludes with additional required areas for research to make this concept become a reality, but that are beyond the scope of this study.en_US
dc.description.urihttp://archive.org/details/anoperationalcon10945952
dc.format.extentx, 131 p. : col. ill.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. Copyright protection is not available for this work in the United States.en_US
dc.subject.lcshSpecial forces (Military science)en_US
dc.subject.lcshUnited Statesen_US
dc.titleAn operational concept for the transformation of SOF into a fifth serviceen_US
dc.title.alternativeOperational concept for the transformation of Special Operation Forces into a fifth serviceen_US
dc.typeThesisen_US
dc.contributor.secondreaderLober, George
dc.contributor.departmentDefense Analysis (DA)
dc.subject.authorStrategic utilityen_US
dc.subject.authorSOF in Afghanistanen_US
dc.subject.authorSpecial Operatons Forces missionsen_US
dc.subject.authorRegional commandsen_US
dc.subject.authorSpecial Operations Forces employmenten_US
dc.subject.authorSOF as a fifth military serviceen_US
dc.description.serviceMajor, United States Armyen_US
etd.thesisdegree.nameM.S. in Defense Analysisen_US
etd.thesisdegree.levelMastersen_US
etd.thesisdegree.disciplineDefense Analysisen_US
etd.thesisdegree.grantorNaval Postgraduate Schoolen_US
etd.verifiednoen_US
dc.description.distributionstatementApproved for public release; distribution is unlimited.


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