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Army Special Ops Command: Collaborative Strategy to Counter Unconventional Warfare

military in trainingThe U.S. Army Special Operations Command has called for a joint, interagency, intergovernmental and multinational program to counter the threat of unconventional warfare by U.S. adversaries, Defense News reported Friday.

Joe Gould writes USASOC has released a white paper that recommends a collaborative defense strategy against adversaries that externally sponsor insurgencies to wage a proxy war against the U.S. and its allies.

The paper pointed to broad-based intelligence operations and coordination in innovation and adaptation as keys to address the threat, Gould reports.

USASOC expects the JIIM program will seek to combat unconventional warfare from a military, political, economic and psychological perspective, the report said.

It cites examples such as the pro-Russia separatists in Ukraine and Hamas in Gaza and Gould writes that the U.S. has also used proxies like civil defense forces in previous operations and could use the same strategy to fight current threats like the Islamic State group.

Lt. Gen. Charles Cleveland, USASOC commander, said a persistent U.S. influence internationally can help maintain peace and stability and address potential conflicts.

“Unconventional warfare is a form of warfare, and there are practitioners out there across the globe that are getting very good at it,” he said at the annual Army meeting earlier this month, according to the report.

“Do we not owe the American people a capability to be as good as our adversaries at this form of warfare — and know it to the detail needed so we can counter it or practice itself when our interests are at stake?”

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