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US Army Special Forces Command (Airborne)

Definition/Scope: Special Forces units perform seven doctrinal missions: Unconventional Warfare, Foreign Internal Defense, Special Reconnaissance, Direct Action, Combatting Terrorism, Counter-proliferation, and Information Operations. These missions make Special Forces unique in the U.S. military, because they are employed throughout the three stages of the operational continuum: peacetime, conflict and war. Special Forces Command's Unconventional Warfare capabilities provide a viable military option for a variety of operational taskings that are inappropriate or infeasible for conventional forces, making it the U.S. military's premier unconventional warfare force. Foreign Internal Defense operations, SF's main peacetime mission, are designed to help friendly developing nations by working with their military and police forces to improve their technical skills, understanding of human rights issues, and to help with humanitarian and civic action projects. Often SF units are required to perform additional, or collateral, activities outside their primary missions. These collateral activities are coalition warfare/support, combat search and rescue, security assistance, peacekeeping, humanitarian assistance, humanitarian de-mining and counter-drug operations. Coalition warfare/support emerged as a result of Operation Desert Shield/Desert Storm and continues today in both Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom. This activity ensures the ability of a wide variety of foreign troops to work together effectively in a wide variety of military exercises or operations.

Used For:

Intelligence WFF



Broader Terms:

Office of Strategic Services

Narrower Terms:

10th Special Forces Group (Airborne)
19th Special Forces Group (Airborne)
1st Special Forces Group (Airborne)
20th Special Forces Group (Airborne, ARNG)
3rd Special Forces Group (Airborne)
5th Special Forces Group (Airborne)
7th Special Forces Group (Airborne)
Army special forces
Green Berets
US Special Operations Command, Combatant Command, Functional

Related Terms:

JFK Special Warfare Center
joint unconventional warfare task forces
unconventional warfare

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