publication . Doctoral thesis . 2014

By, with, and through: the theory and practice of special operations capacity-building

Heisler, Anthony F.;
Open Access
  • Published: 01 Dec 2014
  • Publisher: Monterey, California: Naval Postgraduate School
Approved for public release; distribution is unlimited This thesis presents a theory of how U.S. special operations forces (USSOF) build partner capacity. Building partner capacity (BPC) is a cornerstone of America’s post-9/11 security strategy and a signature mission of USSOF. However, USSOF lacks a theory that articulates how capacity is built or the keys to its success. This thesis explores BPC from the top down, through national security documents, doctrine, and case studies. It identifies that BPC is not a single act, but rather a series of tactical, operational, and strategic engagements carried out over an extended period of time in a dynamic and unpredic...
free text keywords: Special Operations, SOF, USSOF, building partner capacity, BPC, capacity building, Theater Special Operations Command, TSOC, SOCSOUTH, SOCEUR, USSOCOM, Colombia, Paraguay, SOF operational planning, persistent engagement
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