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The Future of Special Forces
Appeared in: Volume 9, Number 4 | Published on: March 3, 2014
David Tucker taught in the Special Operations Command’s Master’s program at the Naval Postgraduate School for 15 years and is now a senior fellow at the Ashbrook Center in Ashland, Ohio.
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  • GSo

    What SOF fail to do by itself is producing predictable end states. They may initiate the events leading to the fall of the Taleban regime in Kabul, and they may succeed in turning villagers into disciplined militias. But what will happen after the fall of Kabul, or at whom the militia will direct its fighting power next year, that is really hard to predict. So you may use the SOF as a catalyst, but you better be well prepared to harness the forces initiated by them, and that will usually require more than a well trained dozen men.

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