Interagency and Allied Responses to Grey Zone Challenges in the context of strategic competition (Historical and Contemporary) (Pilot)

Functional Support IARGZC SRR 4553 Open Nomination Only Unclassified


Students in this course will consider the approach taken by interagency and allied partners in addressing similar security risks. Understanding and analysis of interagency and potential partners provides students the ability to consider opportunities for future collaboration, or even leveraging existing capabilities and influence. This 24-hour module consists of three (3) lessons. Lesson one discusses current U.S. doctrine and academic concepts adopted or in consideration by the United States to address belligerents. This includes the introduction of conflict paradigms concerning irregular warfare, competition, and deterrence. Lesson two provides students an opportunity to understand, analyze, and evaluate the approaches taken by interagency partners in addressing sources of instability and competition. Lesson three introduces how allies and partners address security threats and their historical and emergent relationships with the United States and special operations. Students will complete readings, listen to podcasts, watch media, and participate in collaborative discussion boards in preparation for each class.


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.


JSOU is currently an accredited educational institution accredited through the Accrediting Council for Continuing Education & Training (ACCET) - a national accrediting agency recognized by the Department of Education. This course has not yet been submitted for accreditation.

There are no scheduled events for this course