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Special Forces, Strategy and the War on Terror

Warfare By Other Means, 1st Edition

By Alastair Finlan


188 pages

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This volume undertakes a systematic analysis of the relationship between Special Forces and contemporary strategy, explaining the resurgence of interest in Special Forces, particularly in the West, by exploring their appeal over traditional conventional force options in the current ‘War on Terror’.

Special Forces, Terrorism and Strategy comprises four overarching themes:

  • theory and practice
  • command and control
  • culture and technology
  • operations and the ‘War on Terror’.

By developing a credible theory about the role of Special Forces in contemporary strategy, Alastair Finlan assesses the changing character of the relationship between conventional forces and Special Forces, illustrating the prominent role of these forces in the ‘War on Terror’.

This book will be of great interest to students of strategic studies and military history, as well as for professional military colleges.

Table of Contents

1. Theory 2. Practice 3. Command and Control 4. Culture and Technology 5. 9/11 and Operation Enduring Freedom 6. Operation Iraqi Freedom and the Future of Special Forces 7. Notes 8. Bibliography

About the Author

Alastair Finlan is a Research Fellow in Strategic Studies in the Department of International Politics at the University of Wales, Aberystwyth.

About the Series

Cass Military Studies

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HISTORY / Military / General
HISTORY / Military / Strategy
HISTORY / Military / Other
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Freedom & Security / International Security