Podcast – “Evolutionary Strategy to Combat Strategic Atrophy”

Podcast explaining ARSOF strategy

A 30-minute long podcast provides an explanation of the latest iteration of the command strategy of the United States Army Special Operations Command (USASOC). The strategy was presented in a document published in October 2019 by USASOC in an eight-page PDF entitled Army Special Operations Forces Strategy.

The podcast, published on May 8, 2020 by the War Room of the United States Army War College, features an interview of LTC(P) Bryan Groves of USASOC. He is the Chief of the Strategic Planning Division, U.S. Army Special Operations Command. He is interviewed by Ron Granieri – an Associate Professor of History at the U.S. Army War College.


“In the realm of national security very few elements ever remain stagnant, and those that do are relegated to irrelevance. As the environment changes, capabilities are developed, motivations shift, loyalties fade, new players rise and old players fall. In order to account for those changes new guidance flows downward from the highest levels of leadership increasing in detail and specificity as it descends to the lowest echelons of the military.”

This strategy “charts our course to drive evolutionary changes in how we man, train and equip our formations in the Information Age.”

LTG Francis Beaudette, Commanding General, USASOC

Groves and Granieri examine how USASOC forces intend to execute their mission in support of the national defense amongst general purpose, joint and coalition forces against ever changing adversaries.



Granieri, Ron, host. “Evolutionary Strategy to Combat Strategic Atrophy”, War Room, Army War College, 8 May 2020, 30 minutes.


Army Special Operations Forces Strategy, USASOC, October 2019, PDF, 8 pages.

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Image derived from cover of Army Special Operations Forces Strategy.

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