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direct action

Definition/Scope: Short-duration strikes and other small scale offensive actions by special operations forces (SOF) to seize, destroy, or inflict damage on a specified target; or to destroy, capture, or recover designated personnel or materiel. In the conduct of these operations, SOF may employ raid, ambush, or direct assault tactics; emplace mines and other munitions; conduct standoff attacks by fire from air, ground, or maritime platforms; provide terminal guidance for precision guided munitions; and conduct i

Used For:

direct action operations



Broader Terms:

unconventional warfare

Related Terms:

special operations

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