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Social Media and Unconventional Warfare

Social media, blogs, social-network sites, information aggregators, wikis, livecasting, video sharing - have decisively altered that most extreme of socio-politico acts: Revolution. The 2011 Arab Spring revolutions in North Africa and the Middle East were engineered through citizen-centric computer and cellular-phone technologies that streamed web-enabled social exchanges. The Arab Spring has profound implications for the U.S. special-operations mission of unconventional warfare.Social media, blogs, social-network sites, information aggregators, wikis, livecasting, video sharing - have decisively altered that most extreme of socio-politico acts: Revolution. The 2011 Arab Spring revolutions in North Africa and the Middle East were engineered through citizen-centric computer and cellular-phone technologies that streamed web-enabled social exchanges. The Arab Spring has profound implications for the U.S. special-operations mission of unconventional warfare.

Q&A with Adm. William H. McRaven, Commander, U.S. Special Operations Command

Adm. William H. McRaven, Commander of U.S. Special Operations Command, discusses winning the current fight, maintaining the health of the force, and expanding SOF's capabilities by working with the combatant commands and interagency and allied special-operations partners to establish a global SOF network.Adm. William H. McRaven, Commander of U.S. Special Operations Command, discusses winning the current fight, maintaining the health of the force, and expanding SOF's capabilities by working with the combatant commands and interagency and allied special-operations partners to establish a global SOF network.

Breaking the Stigma of Behavioral Healthcare

The U.S. Army Special Operations Command recently reviewed policies and procedures concerning behavioral healthcare in an effort to remove any stigma associated with it. Includes a message from Lt. Gen. John F. Mulholland, USASOC Commanding General.The U.S. Army Special Operations Command recently reviewed policies and procedures concerning behavioral healthcare in an effort to remove any stigma associated with it. Includes a message from Lt. Gen. John F. Mulholland, USASOC Commanding General.

Special Operations Command Europe

Foreign internal defense or military-assistance training within the European Command area of operations is a wise and sound investment for U.S. special-operations forces.Foreign internal defense or military-assistance training within the European Command area of operations is a wise and sound investment for U.S. special-operations forces.

Civil Affairs Forces in CENTCOM

Civil Affairs Soldiers' success in 2011 was based on their ability to partner with host-nation forces, both military and civilian. CA elements will need to continue to embrace the concept of partnering to be relevant and effective in their operations and activities.Civil Affairs Soldiers' success in 2011 was based on their ability to partner with host-nation forces, both military and civilian. CA elements will need to continue to embrace the concept of partnering to be relevant and effective in their operations and activities.

Operationalizing Strategic Policy in Lebanon

The current strategy for success in Lebanon is built around increasing counterterrorism capacity and direct support of UN Security Council Resolution 1701. Special Operations Command (Forward) Lebanon supports theater special-operations commands, geographic combatant commanders and country team goals and objectives.The current strategy for success in Lebanon is built around increasing counterterrorism capacity and direct support of UN Security Council Resolution 1701. Special Operations Command (Forward) Lebanon supports theater special-operations commands, geographic combatant commanders and country team goals and objectives.

THIS issue

April-June 2012
Volume 25 | Issue 2

Special Warfare cover, January-March 2012

From the commandant

Maj. Gen. Bennet SacolickThe United States Army John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Center and School has been providing quality education for special-operations forces for more than 50 years. In December 2011, in recognition of the outstanding training, education and force management that occurs at the school, SWCS was designated as the U.S. Army’s Special Operations Center of Excellence.

A center of excellence is an organization that creates the highest standards of achievement in an assigned sphere of expertise by generating synergy through effective and efficient combination and integration of functions while reinforcing unique requirements and capabilities. With the designation of SWCS as the Army’s Special Operations Center of Excellence, the Army now has 10 centers of excellence.

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