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Special Operations Forces Imperatives
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Special Operations Imperatives

  • Understand the Operational Environment
  • Recognize Political Implications
  • Facilitate Interagency Activities
  • Engage the Threat Discriminately
  • Consider Long-term Effects
  • Ensure Legitimacy and Credibility of Special Operations
  • Anticipate and Control Psychological Effects
  • Apply Capabilities Indirectly
  • Develop Multiple Options
  • Ensure Long- term Sustainment
  • Provide Sufficient intelligence
  • Balance Security and Synchronization

Special Operations Truths

  • Humans are more important than Hardware
  • Quality is better than Quantity
  • Special Operations Forces cannot be mass produced
  • Competent Special 0perations Forces cannot be created after emergencies occur


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