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Forecasting the Future of Afghanistan

The author explains the critical role that village stability operations play in the International Security Assistance Force's counterinsurgency campaign in Afghanistan.The author explains the critical role that village stability operations play in the International Security Assistance Force's counterinsurgency campaign in Afghanistan.

Out of Africa

CMSEs engage vulnerable populations in West Africa to counter the influence of violent extremist organizations.CMSEs engage vulnerable populations in West Africa to counter the influence of violent extremist organizations.

Game Changers: ANA Special Forces Impact the Course of Afghanistan

An in-depth interview with Brigadier General Dadan Lawang, the commander of the Afghan National Army's Special Operations Command. The development of a special forces capability is thought to be the "game changer" in Afghanistan.An in-depth interview with Brigadier General Dadan Lawang, the commander of the Afghan National Army's Special Operations Command. The development of a special forces capability is thought to be the "game changer" in Afghanistan.

Q&A with Brigadier General Edward M. Reeder Jr.

Brigadier General Edward M. Reeder Jr. discusses his tasking to create the Afghan Special Forces.Brigadier General Edward M. Reeder Jr. discusses his tasking to create the Afghan Special Forces.

Thinking MISO: Linking Strategy to Selection

USSOCOM's Command Strategy 2010 links the selection of MIS candidates to a suite of cognitive attributes that should be included in the assessment of Soldiers for the 4th MIS Group in order to meet national objectives.USSOCOM's Command Strategy 2010 links the selection of MIS candidates to a suite of cognitive attributes that should be included in the assessment of Soldiers for the 4th MIS Group in order to meet national objectives.

SOF Leader Resources: The UW Auxiliary at Home

A strong family network — like a developed auxiliary — is a foundational asset that strengthens the Soldier, the unit and the mission.A strong family network — like a developed auxiliary — is a foundational asset that strengthens the Soldier, the unit and the mission.

THIS issue

October-December 2011
Volume 24 | Issue 4

Special Warfare cover, October-December 2011

From the commandant

Maj. Gen. Bennet SacolickWe are making a number of changes at the JFK Special Warfare Center and School, or SWCS, and pursuing initiatives designed to allow us to operate more efficiently and to professionalize the force, but none are more important than the ones we're undertaking to develop our training cadre.

We are, and must be, an adaptive organization characterized by agility, collaboration, accountability and integrity. We are the special-operations center of learning, and our credibility in producing the world's finest special operators is recognized and sustained by every single member of our three regiments. We are less concerned with the quantity of SWCS graduates than we are with the quality of our instruction. It is our mission to provide Army special-operations forces regiments with professionally trained and well-educated Civil Affairs, Military Information Support and Special Forces Soldiers and to train and develop those Soldiers from recruitment to retirement. As part of that mission, we promote life-long learning and transformation.

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