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The Utility of SOF in Strategic Competition

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Within the realm of strategic competition, what are SOF activities that could support the overall joint force in the deterrence of large-scale armed conflict and/or escalation of crisis? What are different ways SOF can have utility in strategic competition, and how can they be researched? Can historical case studies of the Cold War-era help shed light on the current situation? Or must researchers use their imaginations to conceive of ways new technologies (including cyber and AI) may be employed both in operations below the level of armed conflict and in inter-state conflict?