special operations


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special operations

Operations conducted in hostile, denied, or politically sensitive environments to achieve military, diplomatic, informational, and/or economic objectives employing military capabilities for which there is no broad conventional force requirement. These operations often require covert, clandestine, or low visibility capabilities. Special operations are applicable across the range of military operations. They can be conducted independently or in conjunction with operations of conventional forces or other government agencies and may include operations through, with, or by indigenous or surrogate forces. Special operations differ from conventional operations in degree of physical and political risk, operational techniques, mode of employment, independence from friendly support, and dependence on detailed operational intelligence and indigenous assets. Also called SO.
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native, was serving with 2nd Marine Special Operations Battalion in support of Operation Enduring Freedom when his team was engaged by enemy combatants.
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William McRaven, commander of US Special Operations Command, said the threats would emerge within Federally Administered Tribal Areas and in northern Afghanistan -- Kunar and Nuristan -- and the potential resurgence of Al-Qaeda in the area.
A Cold War--era military that is highly dependent on general-purpose forces and strategic nuclear weapons will give way to "new structures" that are built around special operations capability and information technologies.
Very creative thinking by special operations troops, by Airmen, by Soldiers, by Marines, involved in a very fast-moving, very lethal environment in northern Afghanistan.
First, although the JROCM was addressed specifically to the Army and Marine Corps, it became clear that a ground solution needed to include the Special Operations community.
Air Force special operations began in World War II, in both major theaters of war.
While researching a plot element about abalone poaching, he contacted the DFG and learned about the Special Operations Unit, which targets commercial poachers.
The United States Special Operations Command (SOCOM) was assigned the responsibility of "providing trained and combat-ready special operations forces to the combatant commander and when directed by the President or Secretary of Defense for exercising command of selected special operations missions.
The HDTC provides demining training to Special Operations Forces (SOF) assigned the humanitarian demining training mission.

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