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Accession Number ADA574787
Title Force of Choice: Optimizing Theater Special Operations Commands to Achieve Synchronized Effects.
Publication Date Dec 2012
Media Count 81p
Personal Author F. J. Wright R. S. Woolshlager
Abstract Special Operations Command-Africa, SOCAFRICA, a theater special operations command (TSOC), executes the full spectrum of Special Operations in complex environments, emphasizing the indirect approach to operations. The operational emphasis on preventive activities in a steady-state environment provides access, awareness, and options to the United States and its partners in the event of crises. Special Operation Forces (SOF) have doubled in size over the past decade, and SOCOM has built tremendous capabilities in that time, but TSOCs -- the regional-level SOF organizations -- have not shared in these capability increases. Because TSOCs are under-manned and under-resourced, they are not capable of effectively applying the indirect approach to achieve long- term effects for Geographic Combatant Commanders and Chiefs of Mission. Change is needed to improve TSOC effectiveness. This thesis will analyze the organizational shortfalls of TSOCs through the lens of the newest TSOC, SOCAFRICA, and will examine USSOCOM's Global SOF Network (GSN) concept, which intends to provide authorities, capabilities, and resources to TSOCs to make them the force of choice at the regional level. SOCOM has established a road map to optimize TSOCs. However, the GSN alone is not capable of implementing the necessary changes; it will require commitment and continued support from the individual services, the Geographic Combatant Commanders, and from Congress.
Keywords Africa
Aqim(Al qaeda in the islamic maghreb)
Command and control systems
Global sos network concept
Indirect approach
Military capabilities
Military force levels
Operational effectiveness
Organizational deficiencies
Phase 0 operations
Regional level organizations
Socafrica(Special operations command-africa)
Special operations forces
Steady-state environments
Theater level operations
Theater special operations commands

Source Agency Non Paid ADAS
NTIS Subject Category 48 - Natural Resources & Earth Sciences
74 - Military Sciences
74G - Military Operations, Strategy, & Tactics
Corporate Author Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, CA. Defense Analysis Dept.
Document Type Thesis
Title Note Master's thesis.
NTIS Issue Number 1318
Contract Number N/A

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