Accession Number : ADA615729


Title :   Village Stability Operations and the Afghan Local Police


Descriptive Note : Monograph


Corporate Author : JOINT SPECIAL OPERATIONS UNIV MACDILL AFB FL


Personal Author(s) : Moyar, Mark


Full Text : http://www.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fulltext/u2/a615729.pdf


Report Date : Oct 2014


Pagination or Media Count : 111


Abstract : Since 2010, Village Stability Operations (VSO) and the Afghan Local Police (ALP) have been key instruments of U.S. strategy in Afghanistan, constituting the principal contribution of Special Operations Forces (SOF), specifically United States Special Operations Forces (USSOF) to population- centric counterinsurgency. Coexisting alongside the enemy-centric operations of SOF direct-action units, VSO and the ALP are prime examples of the indirect approach to special operations. The two programs are also critically important because of the amount of resources invested in them no other programs have required so much SOF manpower since the Vietnam War. Inside and outside the USSOF community, considerable disagreement exists over the tactical and strategic effectiveness of VSO and the ALP. Because of the scope and scale of these programs, this debate is certain to continue after VSO comes to an end in late 2014. The debate is relevant not only to the history of the Afghan war, but also to the future of USSOF and U.S. military participation in counterinsurgency. Assessments of VSO and ALP effectiveness will influence future decisions on where and how to employ U.S. forces around the world.


Descriptors :   *AFGHANISTAN , *MILITARY FORCES(FOREIGN) , *SPECIAL OPERATIONS FORCES , CIVILIAN POPULATION , COUNTERINSURGENCY , COUNTERTERRORISM , DECISION MAKING , FOREIGN POLICY , MILITARY OPERATIONS , MILITARY STRATEGY , MILITARY TRAINING , MOBILIZATION , POLICE , SECURITY , SOCIAL WELFARE , VILLAGES


Subject Categories : Sociology and Law
      Military Forces and Organizations
      Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics


Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE