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  • 1.
    Finlan, Alastair
    Swedish Defence University, Department of Military Studies, Joint Warfare Division, Joint Operations Section.
    Special Forces: Leadership, Processes and the British Special Air Service (SAS)2017In: Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Special Operations Forces / [ed] Gitte Højstrup Christensen, Copenhagen: Royal Danish Defence College Publishing House, 2017, 1, p. 74-87Chapter in book (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    This paper addresses the research question of what kind of leadership, processes, and work climate best support employee-driven/bottom-up innovation in SOF. It starts with the suggestion that the term, Special Operations Forces (SOF), needs to be intellectually unpacked and its diverse elements (of which Special Forces are just one part) disaggregated in order to elicit definitional clarity. From this conceptual starting point, it becomes immediately clear that Special Forces represent the ‘special’ component in the SOF designation. This research contends they are a new type of soldier (and a product of modern warfare) that is defined by differentness in relation to conventional forces and activities within a battlespace, working in traditionally restricted areas. David Stirling, one of the founders of the famed British Special Air Service (SAS), is highlighted as an exemplar of the sort of leadership that provoked rare operational level effects. The paper also suggests that unorthodox forces operating in a unique operational environment demand unusual personality types and atypical command/control processes encapsulated by the so-called ‘Chinese Parliament’ that emerged in the SAS.

  • 2.
    Finlan, Alastair
    Swedish Defence University, Department of Military Studies, Joint Warfare Division, Joint Operations Section.
    Special Operations in Contemporary Warfare: Challenges and Opportunities2017In: Tidskrift i Sjöväsendet, ISSN 0040-6945, no 2, p. 168-174Article in journal (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    This study suggests that the world is now in a third age of Special Forces and one that in all likelihood will witness an increasing utility of these unusual military units in orthodox and unorthodox warfare in international relations.

  • 3.
    Thunholm, Peter
    et al.
    Swedish Defence University, Department of Military Studies, War Studies Division.
    Palmgren, Anders
    Swedish Defence University, Department of Military Studies, Joint Warfare Division, Joint Operations Section.
    Doktrinutvecklares syn på doktriners roll och syfte: En empirisk undersökning2018In: Kungl Krigsvetenskapsakademien, ISSN 0023-5369, no 2, p. 15-33Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    What is the purpose, strengths and weaknesses of military joint doctrine? In this empirical study we investigate the views of 17 Joint Doctrine developers in UK and US. Based on Harald Höiback’s review of more than 100 years of doctrinal debate, we developed a questionnaire with three sub-scales, doctrinal skepticism, doctrinal foundationalism and doctrinal coherentism. The result indicates that the doctrine developers most of all view doctrine as a tool for effective coordination of military forces. A clearly written doctrine is seen as a good tool for training of officers and units, and it will help to reduce the effect of uncertainty and friction in military operations.

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