ABSTRACT

AUSA Background Brief No. 42: Special Operations Forces: A Primer   [open pdf - 364KB]

This document brief discusses the makeup and design of Special Operations Forces. A small but critical portion of the Total Force is made up of the SOF of the Army, Navy and Air Force, which are comprised of special operations, psychological operations and civil affairs organizations. Special operations forces are task organized to conduct contingency operations. Special operations forces are designed to augment theater-based force and, in response to a crisis situation, normally operate with an appropriate mix of conventional forces under theater control. Almost all SOF missions require joint planning; also, they are used for missions with allied or coalition forces as well as for a number of ongoing ground missions in many countries.

Report Number:
No. 42
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Date:
1992-04
Copyright:
Public Domain
Retrieved From:
Defense Technical Information Center (DTIC): http://www.dtic.mil/dtic/
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pdf
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application/pdf
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