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Institutionalizing Independence: The Mindset Change for the Future Operational Environment

As a force, Army special operations must continuously learn, anticipate and evolve in order to defeat an adaptive enemy and the uncertain threat of the 21st century.1
In ARSOF 2022, Lt. Gen. Charles T. Cleveland, commander, U.S. Army Special Operations Command, speaks of an adaptive adversary who leverages a myriad of capabilities ranging from the employment of mass, firepower and maneuver of a conventional force, to illicit tracking methods of criminal cartels and gangs, to the utilization of information and terror to incite fear, locally, nationally and internationally. The spectrum of capabilities demonstrated by this adaptive adversary is characterized by Training Circular 7-100 as a hybrid threat. Hybrid threats are the diverse and dynamic combination of regular forces, irregular forces, terrorist forces and/or criminal elements unified to achieve mutually benefiting effects.”2

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April-June 2014
Volume 26 | Issue 1

Special Warfare cover, April-June 2013

From the commandant

Maj. Gen. Edward M. Reeder Jr.For more than three years, the U.S. Army John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Center and School, the Special Operations Center of Excellence, has worked diligently on drafting and socializing the 7th Warfighting Function. With the publication of the U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command Pamphlet 525-8-5, The U.S. Army Functional Concept for Engagement, which expanded on the ideas presented in TP 525-3-0, The U.S. Army Capstone Concept and TP 525-3-1, The U.S. Army Operating Concept a new warfighting function was introduced.