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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

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