Special Forces, or the Danger of Even a Lot of Knowledge

Exum, Andrew
June 2012
WPR Subset;6/13/2012, p1
The article discusses the perils of the special operationalization of U.S. national security policy. The need for both special operations forces and their commanders to be more humble about what these forces can and cannot do in complex operational environments is highlighted. The article prefers U.S. Army Special Forces and other special operations forces carry out military interventions in complex environments that general purpose forces.


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