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Exploiting the Technological Spectrum to Generate SOF Value in Strategic Competition

The use of Special Operations Forces (SOF) in recent conflicts has entrenched the perception of these elements as a direct-action tool capable of providing decisive effects. Concomitantly, there has been an increasing reliance on technological solutions to generate asymmetry against existing threats.

This Occasional Paper suggests that as the war-peace paradigm is replaced by a more fluid competition-conflict spectrum, SOF must adjust to a campaign approach that seeks to leverage the poles of low and high technology while maintaining their mid-tech capabilities. This would allow SOF to generate cost-efficient and enduring options that establish asymmetry against the increasing technological capability of competitors.

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