Special Operators serve on the front lines in small ambiguous teams in austere environments in order to complete the following types of missions:
Direct Action– Small-Scale offensive operations to harass enemy forces in hostile or denied areas.
Special Reconnaissance – Information acquisition on the capabilities, intentions, and activities of enemy forces.
Preparation of the Environment – Intelligence collection to prepare for future operations.
Security Force Assistance – Work with allied foreign governments to achieve operational objectives.
Counter Terrorism – Prevent, deter, and respond to terrorist threats.
Foreign Internal Defense – Train, advice, and assist foreign governments and their militaries.
Counterinsurgency – Conduct military, paramilitary, political, economic, psychological, and civic action operations to defeat insurgency.
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