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Special Operations Research Program
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Brings a deep and regional understanding of operations to issues facing special ops forces, including exercises, workforce, security and infrastructure.
Special Operations Brings a deep and regional understanding of operations to issues facing special ops forces, including exercises, workforce, security and infrastructure. /images/Centers/CNA/SPOPsBanner.jpg Special Operations Research Program CNA’s analyses of special operations forces are coordinated by the Special Operations Research Program . Our experts bring a thorough understanding of operations to complex issues facing Navy SEALs, Marine Raiders and other special ops forces. These include analyses of special operations exercises and training, workforce management, infrastructure
Why Are Special Operations Ever Conducted?
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Anyone who has watched popular films such as Zero Dark Thirty, 12 Strong, Lone Survivor, or Blackhawk Down has to wonder: why are special operations ever conducted in the first place?
Why Are Special Operations Ever Conducted? Anyone who has watched popular films such as Zero Dark Thirty, 12 Strong, Lone Survivor, or Blackhawk Down has to wonder: why are special operations ever conducted in the first place? /images/InDepth/Post66.png Why Are Special Operations Ever Conducted? 66 Dr. Jonathan Schroden Dr. Jonathan Schroden is the Director of CNA's Center for Stability and Development (CSD), and also directs CNA's Special Operations Program , which focuses on research and analysis on the most complex and challenging issues facing special operations forces (SOF) today
Why Special Operations
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There is today a burgeoning discussion in the literature as to what really constitutes a “special operation,” what makes the forces that conduct them “special,” whether these aspects are so different from conventional military operations and forces as to warrant their own theory, and, if they do, what such a theory should be. This paper addresses an aspect of special operations that has yet to be explained adequately—the question of why special operations are conducted. The answer lies in the consideration of risk. Because policy-makers are inherently reliant upon some form of popular support to maintain their positions of power, they are also inherently averse to taking risky actions. The centrality of risk to policy decisions leads directly to this definition: special operations are unorthodox military solutions to difficult policy problems that lower the level of risk to policy-makers. This definition leads to a risk-centric theory of why special operations are conducted: if policy-makers have a difficult policy problem and they are unsatisfied with the level of risk presented by orthodox solutions or inaction, then they will choose special operations. After deriving this theory, this paper evaluates it, applies it to the raid on Osama bin Laden’s compound in Pakistan, and discusses implications of the theory for the future of US special operations forces.
Why Special Operations Why Special Operations? A Risk-Based Theory There is today a burgeoning discussion in the literature as to what really constitutes a “special operation,” what makes the forces that conduct them “special,” whether these aspects are so different from conventional military operations and forces as to warrant their own theory, and, if they do, what such a theory should be. This paper addresses an aspect of special operations that has yet to be explained adequately—the question of why special operations are conducted. The answer lies in the consideration of risk. Because
A Special Study Influences Special Operations
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A Special Study Influences Special Operations /images/research/CS-Special-Operations.jpg A Special Study Influences Special Operations When Dr. Michelle Dolfini-Reed published a CNA analysis ... against new job categories for the Marine Forces Special Operations Command, or MARSOC. But her analysis was toted from meeting to meeting by MARSOC’s commander for more than a year. Even ... , standard “infantry Marines” made up most of the command’s troops. This meant that after two years of specialized training, most would move out of special operations and on to other parts of the Corps
Plans and Strategy
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As global power has shifted, as new warfighting domains have opened up, CNA has flexed and expanded its analytical expertise to meet the needs of the Navy, Marine Corps and Department of Defense. But throughout these evolutions, we have maintained a constant focus on the nation’s most capable adversaries. Our approach to great power competition is holistic, ranging from strategic analysis to tactical evaluation. Today, our scientists analyze operations and tactics across an ever-expanding range of warfare domains. Beyond the surface, air and undersea commands we have closely supported for decades, CNA is staying ahead of the latest threats with our Center for Autonomy and Artificial Intelligence and our Cyber Research Program. Great powers are constantly adapting. So is CNA.
/reports/2020/09/prevailing-under-the-nuclear-shadow orange half large Why Are Special Operations Ever Conducted? /our-media/indepth/2020/11/why-are-special-operations-ever-conducted Blank Why Special Operations? A Risk-Based Theory /reports/2020/09/why-special-operations Blank Explore More /our-research/explore-all Historical Paper Series Considerations for US Naval and Military Strategy ... adversaries — and prepare to manage escalation. Why Special Operations? Dr. Jonathan Schroden explains why special operations forces are uniquely suited to difficult policy problems requiring
The Role of Special Operations Forces in Global Competition
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Nations have a variety of options for exerting influence, such as through diplomatic, military, or economic means. In recent years, some nations have shifted to more ambiguous activities for exerting global influence, in attempts to achieve benefits normally obtained through conventional war, but without triggering such a war. In this report, we explored a different way of thinking about these ambiguous activities and their implications, which suggested a need to shift U.S. focus away from preparing to win tomorrow and toward winning today. From this shift, we described a different approach to U.S. activities in such competitive environments. We also identified the unique qualities of U.S. Special Operations Forces (SOF) as the military force having the best alignment with these different activities.
The Role of Special Operations Forces in Global Competition The Role of Special Operations Forces in Global Competition Nations have a variety of options for exerting influence, such as through ... the unique qualities of U.S. Special Operations Forces (SOF) as the military force having the best alignment with these different activities. Nations have a variety of options for exerting influence ... de-escalates, neutralizes, or escalates. This counteractive approach requires capabilities that largely align with U.S. Special Operations Forces (SOF) competencies. The qualities of SOF include the ability
Next Generationd Leadership and Implications SOF
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We examine the potential implications of cross-generational leadership issues for the future of special operations forces (SOF).
Next Generationd Leadership and Implications SOF Next Generation Leadership and Implications for Special Operations Forces We examine the potential implications of cross-generational leadership issues for the future of special operations forces (SOF). In this CNA-initiated study, we sought to examine the potential implications of cross- generational leadership issues for the future of special ... and Implications for Special Operations Forces Alexander Powell Lia Janzer
cna talks: A New Vision for Special Operations Forces
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Since the start of the global war on terror in 2001, U.S. Special Operations Forces (SOF) have been laser-focused on counterterrorism. But as the Department of Defense shifts its priorities to great-power competition Special Operations Command (SOCOM), is adapting to fit this new mission. In this episode of CNA Talks, experts on Special Operations Forces sit down to discuss the Special Operations Command’s Vision and Strategy document.
A New Vision for Special Operations Forces Since the start of the global war on terror in 2001, U.S. Special Operations Forces (SOF) have been laser-focused on counterterrorism. But as the Department of Defense shifts its priorities to great-power competition Special Operations Command (SOCOM), is adapting to fit this new mission. In this episode of CNA Talks, experts on Special Operations Forces sit down to discuss the Special Operations Command’s Vision and Strategy document. A New Vision for Special Operations Forces Biographies Jonathan Schroden  is the Director of CNA's
Cryptocurrency Implications
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Cryptocurrencies are strictly digital currencies, are typically overseen by a decentralized peer-to-peer community, and are secured through cryptography. Cryptocurrencies have relative benefits for those who engage in illicit activity. This paper includes: (1) a detailed taxonomy and examples of nefarious activities involving cryptocurrencies, such as funding terrorist activity, money laundering, cybercrimes, and regulatory crimes; (2) a discussion of state-actor engagement in the cryptocurrency arena that explores Iranian, North Korean, Russian, and Venezuelan activity in skirting sanctions, mining cryptocurrencies, participating in exchange hacking and ransomware, and using cryptocurrencies to fund information operations; (3) analysis attempting to anticipate the mid-term future of the cryptocurrency ecosystem; and (4) the tactical and strategic challenges and opportunities of cryptocurrencies for US special operations forces.
Cryptocurrency Implications Cryptocurrency: Implications for Special Operations Forces Cryptocurrencies are strictly digital currencies, are typically overseen by a decentralized peer-to-peer ... for US special operations forces. In March 2018, Merriam-Webster announced that it would add the word cryptocurrency to its dictionary. They noted that the word had first been used in 1990 ... of the potential implications of cryptocurrencies, in 2018 the Joint Special Operations University (JSOU) asked for research on the topic, “The evolution of cryptocurrency: future challenges and opportunities
Marine Corps Program
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Manages support to the Marine Corps at CNA headquarters, at key commands and in all major exercises and operations involving Marines.
Marine Corps Manages support to the Marine Corps at CNA headquarters, at key commands and in all major exercises and operations involving Marines. /images/Centers/CNA/Special%20Programs/MC-LoadingUp ... /research/CS-Special-Operations.jpg A Special Study Influences Special Operations /about-us/research/case-studies/a-special-study-influences-special-operations none gray half A Special Study Influences Special Operations U.S. Marine Forces Special Operations Command asked CNA to analyze whether they needed to create new occupational specialties. Dr. Michelle Dolfini-Reed showed an improved return