SOF Support to Integrated Deterrence (Pilot)
This course exposes students to varying theories and concepts regarding deterrence strategies. This is a 16-hour module consisting of three (3) lessons. First, the coursework introduces the general and classical idea of deterrence. Classical deterrence theory argues that the threat of repercussion can negate aggression from other state opponents. The module then discusses modern deterrence in the post-World War II era. Modern deterrence theory argues that nuclear weapons and the likelihood of mutually assured destruction decreases the likelihood of total war. Finally, the emerging concept of integrated deterrence is examined, as well as SOF’s role in that national strategy. Integrated deterrence is a framework for working across warfighting domains, theaters and the spectrum of conflict, in collaboration with all instruments of national power, as well as with U.S. allies and our partners.
The primary target audience is USSOF personnel who are or will likely be assigned to Components and other joint operational staffs (particularly TSOCs) which develop, coordinate, and execute plans in support of Geographic and/or Functional Combatant Commander objectives. In addition, USSOCOM’s SOF Network of multinational and interagency partner personnel will be invited to attend to bring their unique perspectives on planning and execution within the JIIM-C contemporary security environment.
Various readings and videos.