The Strategic Utility Of Special Operations Forces In Yemen And Rhodesia
West Point Press
"Special Operations Forces (SOF), or Special Forces, are military units specifically organized, trained, and equipped to conduct special operations.1 Special Operations require unconventional tactics, techniques, and procedures. SOF personnel are specially selected and highly trained individuals, often equipped with the best military technology available to a country. Common SOF capabilities include but are not limited to special reconnaissance (SR), direct-action (DA), foreign internal defense (FID), unconventional warfare (UW), hostage-rescue (HR), counterterrorism (CT), counterproliferation (CP), and counterinsurgency (COIN). Because of the nature and rigors of their mission, SOF units tend to be small, ranging from a few hundred to a few thousand personnel. Conversely, conventional forces are the ‘regular’ units in a military force. They are trained, equipped, and deployed to conduct large-scale operations..."
Atlamazoglou, Stavros. “The Strategic Utility Of Special Operations Forces In Yemen And Rhodesia.” Report: West Point Undergraduate Historical Review. Volume 9 (2019): 46-71