Defense Analysis

Useful Research Guides & Tools

Be sure to use our focused Research Guides for more specific listing of resources.  Some specific ones that might be of interest include:

    Special Operations Global Vision, Mission & Priorities


    Special Operations Forces Vision & Strategy

    "Create strategic, asymmetric advantages for the Nation in integrated deterrence, crisis and conflict."

    Mission of the U.S. Special Operations Command

    ""USSOCOM develops and employs fully capable Special Operations to conduct global Special Operations and activates, as part of the joint force to support persistent, networked, and distributed global combatant commands' operations and campaigns against state and non-state actors to protect and advance U.S. policies and objectives."

    What USSOCOM Does:

    • Civil Affairs
    • Counterinsurgency & Counterterrorism
    • Countering Weapons of Mass Destruction
    • Direct Action
    • Foreign Humanitarian Assistance & Foreign Internal Defense
    • Hostage Rescue & Recovery
    • Military Information Support Operations
    • Security Force Assistance
    • Special Reconnaissance
    • Unconventional Warfare
    • Preparation of the Environment



    Search Strategies

    Remember to try some of these terms to help focus your search.  Be sure to take a look at our Search Basics guide as well.

    "irregular warfare"
    "special operations"
    "special forces"
    "small wars"
    "guerrilla warfare"

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