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January 11, 2014

Jed-21: Beyond Counter-Terrorism (Part 3)

What the American Special Operations and Intelligence community needs is a program which establishes these networks long before a crisis emerges. Positive steps have been made in this direction, but all fall short of maintaining long-term, consistent, and reliable intelligence gathering on a tactical level. This paper proposes a program which recruits willing Special Forces veterans and re-locates them to countries all over the world. They would not be going there on a mission, but rather they would be going there to live and work for the US government, perhaps for the rest of their lives.

These Americans would become part of what we will call the Jedburghs for 21st Century program or Jed-21. Jed-21 would recruit primarily from retired members of US Special Forces. Special Forces soldiers are the most qualified for this type of job due to their training in unconventional warfare, language proficiency, and experience in working by, with, and through indigenous peoples in austere environments. Jed-21 would have to be incentivized with an additional stipend. Pensions would have to continue to be paid and seed money would have to be provided so that the members could start business endeavors in their target countries. Once integrated into the local economy and culture, they would begin to build their networks.


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is an eight year Army Special Operations veteran who served as a Sniper and Team Leader in 3rd Ranger Battalion and as a Senior Weapons Sergeant on a Military Free Fall team in 5th Special Forces Group. Having left the military in 2010, he is now working towards a degree in Political Science at Columbia University. Murphy is the author of Reflexive Fire, Target Deck, the PROMIS series, and numerous non-fiction articles about Weapons, Tactics, Special Operations, Terrorism, and Counter-Terrorism. He has appeared in documentaries, national television, and syndicated radio.

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  • flagg

    ArcticWarrior JackMurphyRGR flagg Along those lines……you would need to learn how to penetrate the world's mega-ghettos. Possibly looking at EACH mega-ghetto city as a Non-State-Actor riddled space that would need to be mapped and prepared to support future operations, possibly compelling the need for multiple "unconventional diplomats" per mega-ghetto city.

  • flagg

    BigRed69 I see it as a response to what the likes of Iran/China/Russia are doing in terms of hybrid threats.  All three have a high comfort level in working by,with,thru illicit networks. They have an inherent advantage in developing revenue streams to fund operations from illicit business interests that the US would be unable to replicate with the US having to focus on legal business interests to fund operations. I think it would be far easier to insert a retired SF fella into an existing business network than to necessarily start from scratch. I've worked in both military and entrepreneurial roles OCONUS and traveled to a fair few developing world countries. I reckon it would be easier to develop a database of existing American expat business owners and filter for long-term opportunity/potential in specific target countries or countries with easy access  to target countries. Then vet the expats and make an overt approach for a mutually beneficial relationship using a new retired SF fella who will add value to the business even though he might need a bit of time off work now and again.  American version of the Israeli Sayanim.

  • BigRed69

    Perhaps there is room to consider a team approach with a civilian "business partner" to handle commercial day to day issues.

  • BigRed69

    One of the best articles I've read on SOFREP. Sounds like something other countries would do inside the U.S.

  • caseymac1944

    14Charlie flagg 14Charlie ArcticWarrior  It is possible and is a feasible option that should not be overlooked or dissed by anyone. jmho.