ARSOF units conducting home-station training and SOTFs training at JRTC tend to lean toward kinetic operations and away from less glamorous activities such as NSL.
As rotational training SOTFs learn how to conduct UW more effectively during JRTC exercises, SOTD has the unique ability to gather lessons learned and facilitate an educated dialogue across ARSOF about the future of UW and NSL.
One of the most important and prevalent lessons learned while observing SOTFs executing UW and NSL in a UW environment was that the right people need to be involved both horizontally and vertically in planning and executing NSL.
In the future operational environment, the seven phases of unconventional warfare (UW) will often drive SOTF planning.
The SOTF, on the other hand, often conducts operations directly in support of operational or strategic objectives.
A SOTF headquarters that receives a CF LNO and doesn't integrate him into the staff is just as negligent as a BCT that sends an inexperienced lieutenant with no security clearance to a SOTF.
Therefore, we relied heavily on the CJSOTF-A J3 and SOTF Commanders' discretion on general direction and prioritization of each VSP's expansion plan.
The J2 knowledge management team developed a plan that prevented overwhelming the SOTF and teams with the anticipated deluge of information.
Three months before the rotation began the SOTF 54 and 3/82 BCT commanders were strangers.
During the few months that preceded the start of the JRTC rotation, 3/82 BCT and SOTF 54 continued the process of integration and collaboration at increasingly lower staff levels.
However, as the distance from these entities to the SOTF
increases, coordinating movement becomes much more arduous.
SOF logisticians must master these functional areas in order to achieve the highest level of technical proficiency, maintain a fully mission capable equipment status, and sustain the SOTFs