As stated in the “Blunt End of the Spear” (SOFRep, November 22, 2012) many in the National Security world and the military. For this reason there is no doubt SOF will continue to be a viable option in many areas of the world. However, these two facts have the potential to lead to two unique problems. First, will SOF as a whole be required to change its mission set, adapt to more non SOF oriented operations and generally lose its unconventional edge? The second issue is whether conventional forces will be modified, reorganized and re-trained to accommodate this vision of the future. Essentially conventional and unconventional forces will and have begun to integrate and work more closely together, but will this effort begin to blur the lines between regular and special forces?
“The wars in Iraq and Afghanistan provided a tremendous battlelab for Army Special Operations Forces. And now, with one war over and the other winding down, we have to make sure we don’t lose the gains we have made,” said Lt. General Cleveland (Commander ASOC) at this years meeting of the Association of the United States Army. Army SOF now has established doctrinal regulations to guide its path forward, most hope this will ensure Army SOF remains unconventional and able to meet the needs of what it was designed to do. This is good news for ASOC however the more important element in this potential quagmire is what Big Army is doing.
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