Graphic: SOF Global Legend Added + White SOF RECAP

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Phi Beta Iota: Where SOF is failing right now is in continuing to allow Black SOF to oversee White SOF. We need to separate White SOF from Black SOF, and have — as General Peter Schoomaker envisioned in 1997, two deputies for CINCSOC: a three-star deeply rooted in Civil Affairs and Outreach managing global White SOF, and a three star deeply rooted in track and whack managing Black SOF. By, with, and through should be three quarters of the SOF piechart, and within that three quarters, White SOF — including training in creating Multinational Decisions Support Centres — should be three quarters of the domain. All non-kinectic SOF should be white, not black, and done via the host country, not pretending to be non-attributable, which is a lame joke. Somewhere in here PSYOP needs to be retired, with its White SOF going to an expanded Civil Affairs Command and its Black SOF going to the operational end of Cyber.

See Also:

2004 Simmons (US) Foreword to the Special Operations Forces (SOF) Open Source Intelligence (OSINT) Handbook

4th Media: African Development versus Debt, Rule of Law versus Western Subversion

Berto Jongman: Eric Garland on 20th Century Myths Driving US Intervention

Chuck Spinney: Peter Van Buren – Any More U.S. “Stabilization” and Africa Will Collapse

Journal: Somalia, Special Operations, and Soft Power Not Present

LtCol X: CSA Sends – Strategic Priorities for the Army – with Phi Beta Iota Comments

Marcus Aurelius: Broader Role for Special Operations Forces in Peace and War — Reading Between the Lines — And White SOF/NATO Future?

Marcus Aurelius: Five Takeaways from a Decade of War [Defense One] Plus Blistering Alternative View from Phi Beta Iota Editors

Marcus Aurelius: SOF O-6 Sends – A World Where No One Listens to America

Marcus Aurelius: Special Forces Autonomous, Morphing Into White SOF Going Global

Marcus Aurelius: US SOF Seeks Global SOF Network Including Regional Multinational Op-Intel Centers — What Regional Commands SHOULD Have Created

OSINT Literature Review, Name Association, Lessons Learned

Review: Information Operations–Warfare and the Hard Reality of Soft Power (Issues in Twenty-First Century Warfare) (Paperback)

Review: Stratagem: Deception and Surprise in War

Who’s Who in Peace Intelligence: Dr. Col Max Manwaring, US Army Strategic Studies Institute

Who’s Who in Collective Intelligence: Mike Pheneger

Who’s Who in Peace Intelligence: Douglas A. Macgregor

Who’s Who in Peace Intelligence: Robert Young Pelton

Who’s Who in Collective, Earth, Peace, & Public Intelligence: Robert David STEELE Vivas [Roberto David de Steele y Vivas de Porras]