Armor & Mobility

MAY 2016

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tacticaldefensemedia.com Unmanned Tech Solutions | Armor & Mobility | May 2016 | 15 SOF Leadership Roundtable Q&A USASOC Lieutenant General Kenneth E. Tovo Commander U.S. Army Special Operations Command (USASOC) A&M: Please tell us about USASOC's current planning and mission focus, particularly as the nation finds many of its threats emerging from situations that lie in the gray zone, somewhere between peace and large-scale war. LTG Tovo: The forms of conf lict employed by adversaries in the future are expected to be hybrid in nature, blending conventional and irregular capabilities, and will more often challenge the stability of regions through indirect means. In an era of U.S. military force reductions and fiscal uncertainty, ARSOF must provide the Nation with a balanced portfolio of capabilities to address hybrid threats. One important and particularly difficult aspect to preventing and mitigating threats is detecting emerging threats before they irreversibly erode U.S. inf luence and destabilize regions. Early understanding of emerging threats will continue to be essential in the future operating environment for national leaders to have adequate decision space necessary to develop policies and plans that counter adversarial actions. USASOC is working to develop capabilities that enable the U.S. to obtain early understanding of threats, especially in gray zones. Understanding alone will not eliminate or even mitigate threats, though. The U.S will also need the capability to control escalation of crisis to deter threats from developing into greater challenges that require a large commitment of national resources. USASOC is working to fully understand the aspects of hybrid conf lict and codify doctrine for operations to counter hybrid threats. We are developing and leveraging stronger joint, interagency, intergovernmental, and multinational (JIIM) partnerships. We are also evolving intelligence collection, analysis, and synthesis capabilities, particularly with regard to understanding and characterizing the human domain and recognizing and understanding the indicators and warnings for gray zone threats. A&M: How is USASOC evolving to better operate in the gray zone and how is USASOC training and educating its people to understand those complex, gray zone environments? LTG Tovo: We have made changes to our organization, equipment, training and education that prepare USASOC forces to operate in the gray zone. Since publishing ARSOF 2022 in 2013, we have restructured Army Special Operations formations to optimize existing capabilities and to fill capability gaps for sensitive activities in complex operational environments. The MAY 2016 ARMOR & MOBILITY ROUNDTABLE Q&A A&M asked the leaders of Army, Air Force, and Marine Corps Special Operations Commands about their current mission focus and challenges. Army Special Forces Soldiers from 7th Special Forces Group (Airborne) train Honduran intelligence and special security response group unit members at Eglin Air Force Base, Florida. (USASOC)

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