calls it-has long been a main mission for Army Special Forces, albeit
one that had fallen out of favor recently.
After 9/11, the Pentagon deployed Special Forces and Army Rangers, Navy SEALs and other Special Operations Forces all over the world to fight insurgents and hunt terrorists. They largely took "direct action"-hitting the bad guys on their own-rather than working through local forces.
But from the 1940s into the 1990s, the Special Forces mostly practiced unconventional warfare-indirect action, if you will, and the focus of the new 1st Special Forces Command. In that way, the new HQ brings Special Forces "back to its roots," said Newson, a SEAL officer who served in Afghanistan, Iraq and Yemen.
This indirect method of warfare is ideal in situations where an American presence could be "too costly or be counter-productive," Newson explained."
Ah, to be young again... This was the main mission of US Army Special Forces (Green Berets) until Congress created the Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC) along with Delta and the SEALS. Those, later and derivative groups are involved in direct action missions and are essentially huge military SWAT teams, that is, people who do raiding themselves rather than with foreign troops. This is quite different. The GBs in these units now under their own headquarters in 1st SF Command will concentrate on the mission of working with foreign irregulars as well as with foreign regulars to create viable combat units as well as viable support units. These GB units are capable of a very wide spectrum of training activities when augmented by engineers, medical people, signal corps folks, etc. They are quite capable of training leadership cadres up to the regimental level. That would be a 5,000 man force. I have seen them do all that and participated in the activity. One of the main mistakes made in the recent wars was to put the big, maneuver army in charge of creating foreign forces. Neither the conventional forces nor the JSOC commandos have the talent nor the taste for such work and in both places the conventionals screwed up the game mightily. The transformation of some ODAs into smaller "Jedburgh"type teams I take to be an indication that these particular teams will operate in denied areas training irregulars as the Jeds did.
This does an old man's heart good. pl