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Special Operations from a Small State Perspective

Future Security Challenges

  • Gunilla Eriksson
  • Ulrica Pettersson

Part of the New Security Challenges book series (NSECH)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xv
  2. Gunilla Eriksson, Ulrica Pettersson, Urban Molin
    Pages 1-10
  3. Colonel Hans Ilis Alm
    Pages 11-21
  4. Colonel Ronny Modigs
    Pages 43-63
  5. CJE, JSI
    Pages 105-118
  6. AWE
    Pages 155-177
  7. Ulrica Pettersson, Gunilla Eriksson, Urban Molin
    Pages 179-184
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 185-198

About this book

Introduction

This book offers different perspectives on the utilization and development of special operations forces (SOF) in small states. Across the chapters, the authors argue that small states can use and develop this very unique capability both at a tactical and operational level, but also as a strategic instrument in the modern complex security environment. The study finds that SOF in small states has a new role to play and that it needs to become a more agile and flexible force, ready to address future security challenges. A reorientation in favour of SOF from a small state perspective is crucial both due to the changing security situation in Europe, and the need to economise military resources.

"This edited volume offers different perspectives on the utilization and development of special operations forces (SOF) in small states. Across the chapters, the authors argue that small states can develop and use this very unique capability at all level of engagement, and as a strategic instrument, in the modern complex security environment. The study finds that SOF in small states has both unique roles and limitations in addressing the range of security challenges. After reading this work, small state leaders may choose to reorient force structure in favour of SOF due to the changing security situation in Europe and the need to economise military resources."

Dr James Kiras, Associate Professor, School of Advanced Air and Space Studies, The Air University, Alabama, USA.

Keywords

Sweden Special Operations Military Small State Special Operational Forces Unconventional Warfare Sixth Generation Warfare Special Warfare Security Environment Weapons of Force

Editors and affiliations

  • Gunilla Eriksson
    • 1
  • Ulrica Pettersson
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Military StudiesSwedish Defense University StockholmSweden
  2. 2.Department of Military StudiesSwedish National Defence UniversityStockholmSweden

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