Video – “Exploring SOF Identity” – JSOU Forum, March 2021

The Joint Special Operations University (JSOU), part of United States Special Operations Command (USSOCOM), held a forum in March 2021 entitled “Exploring SOF Identity”. The lead-in event for the two-day forum featured General David Petraeus (US Army, Ret.). He provides an informative and educational presentation augmented with a question and answer format with JSOU President Dr. Ike Wilson III.

The discussion is wide ranging – with special operations forces being the central theme of the discussion. The topics covered in this video include great power competition, the Indo-Pacific, military technology, TA3E2 missions (train, advise, assist, accompany, equip, and enable), coalition operations, international alliances, the generational fight, re-integration of CA and PSYOP into the SOF world, force structure, ASD SO/LIC, USSOCOM as a separate service, departing Afghanistan, strengthening of RC SOF (SF, CA and PSYOP) with AC SOF, CIA and SOF relationship, and much more.

In the first few minutes Petraeus provides a ‘big picture view’ of the current security environment – leading off with five post-9/11 lessons learned. However, the discussion soon gets into the world of special operations in line with the exploration of the SOF identity. Definitely worth your time to watch.

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Exploring SOF Identity
JSOU Quarterly Forum Keynote Conversation
Joint Special Operations University, USSOCOM
Forum held in March 2021
Posted by “Think JSOU” on April 1, 2021, one hour
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2crdp-5fbgs


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