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Klassiska krigsföringsprinciper & specialoperationer
Swedish Defence University.
2020 (Swedish)Independent thesis Basic level (professional degree), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

Recent conflicts have shown signs of increased operational usage of Special Operation Forces, conducting qualified missions of great strategical importance. However, the field of theoretical understanding within the subject suffers from limitations in scientifically based studies. Which aims to explain how special operations succeed on a strategical level. Although several researchers agree on the need for further studies within the subject, there are uncertainties whether theory should be developed upon classical or modern principles of war.

Adam Leong Kok Wey has constructed a theoretical framework, in which eight historically rooted principles within special operations are presented. Wey claims that classical principles of war can be used to explain how modern special operations succeed. This study has been conducted in order to test whether Wey’s principles can explain the result of two contemporary cases.

The result shows that all of the eight principles were present during the successful Operation Neptune Spear, whilst all but one was absent during the failed Bravo Two-Zero mission. Conclusions from this study can be drawn, which suggests an increase in explanatory power of Wey’s theoretical framework. Furthermore, suggesting that contemporary special operations theory can be developed upon classical principles of war.

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2020. , p. 48
Keywords [sv]
specialoperationer, specialförband, Adam Leong Kok Wey, Operation Neptune Spear, Bravo TwoZero
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URN: urn:nbn:se:fhs:diva-9179OAI: oai:DiVA.org:fhs-9179DiVA, id: diva2:1436714
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War Studies, Thesis
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Officersprogrammet (OP)
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Available from: 2020-06-30 Created: 2020-06-08 Last updated: 2020-06-30Bibliographically approved

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