The direct action concentration of US Army Special Forces (SF) in the conduct of the war in Iraq and Afghanistan at the expense of the specialized and storied legend of what SF could do in non-permissive environments raising partisan forces behind enemy lines. The Army SF concentrated on perfecting a craft that numerous other combat organizations like the USMC 0311, .Army 11Bs and the exquisitely talented Ranger Regiment could do handily not to mention the legendary prowess of the Tier One units.

SF could capitalize on the rich heritage of a regional expertise harnessed to a deep cultural IQ and understanding of allied and coalition fighting organizations. In concert with the deep intelligence and actionable intelligence infrastructure in a naturally expeditionary mindset practice strategic compression: the employment of tactical means to achieve and satisfy strategic end-states.

SF needs to carve out their talent-stacks and showcase what makes them unique.


David Maxwell Counter-Unconventional Warfare (2014)

Douglas Porch Counterinsurgency: Exposing the Myths of the New Way of War

Ann Scott Tyson American Spartan: The Promise, the Mission, and the Betrayal of Special Forces Major Jim Grant

H. John Poole The Last Hundred Yards: The NCO’s Contribution to Warfare

Mark Bowden Blackhawk Down: A Story of Modern War

Bob Scales Scales on War: The Future of America’s Military at Risk

Aaron B. O’Connell Our Latest Longest War: Losing Hearts and Minds

Hy S. Rothstein Afghanistan and the Troubled Future of Unconventional Warfare

Robert Asprey War In The Shadows: The Guerrilla In History

Special Forces Detachment Mission Planning Guide HQDA January 2020

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