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    In 2007 there was a thread'Create a U.S. Foreign Legion' with 22 posts and 4.6k views. On a quick skim it also covered the plethora of contractors already in use. Link:http://council.smallwarsjournal.com/...ead.php?t=2510
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    Default U.S. Special Operations Units Are Using Faulty Rifle Sights

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    Default This is Where American Special Operations Forces are Helping Advise U.S. Allies

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    Default Outside the Wire: How US Special Operations Troops Secretly Help Foreign Forces Targe

    Outside the Wire: How US Special Operations Troops Secretly Help Foreign Forces Target Terrorists

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    Default Obama to Announce Plans to Grow U.S. Special Operations Force in Syria

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    Default Advancing a Strategic Theory of Special Operations

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    Default Why the U.S. Military Turned a Hipster Tattoo Parlor into A Special Operations Lab

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    Default Perception is Reality: SOF in the Gray Zone

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    Default A 'golden age' for SOF: accountability and transparency

    A short paper, 25 pgs, by a UK academic, Dr. Jon Moran; the actual title is: 'Assessing SOF Transparency and Accountability;The use of Special Operations Forces by the UK, US, Australia, and Canada'.

    The paper introduction:
    This report has been commissioned by remote control, a project of the Network for Social Change hosted by Oxford Research Group. The project examines changes in military engagement, with a focus on remote control warfare. This form of intervention takes place behind the scenes or at a distance rather than on a traditional battlefield, often through drone strikes and air strikes from above, with special forces, intelligence operatives, private contractors, and military training teams on the ground.
    Link:http://oxfordresearchgroup.org.uk/si...ed%20(003).pdf

    He ends with:
    This golden age for special forces raises a number of issues which are addressed in this report. SOF can play positive roles in preventing violence and limiting violence. But the use of SOF on the scale which is occurring at the moment raises other issues which require attention, particularly due to the secrecy under which they operate.The nature and intensity of modern SOF deployments and their actions effectively constitute a form of long-term warfare. This challenges their traditional exemption from scrutiny. SOF activities require oversight and accountability to ensure both their effectiveness and their compliance with international norms.
    The author's official bio:http://www2.le.ac.uk/departments/politics/people/jmoran
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    Default Staying Small to Stay Feasible: SOF Support in Countering Boko Haram

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    Default Integrating Women into U.S. Army Special Forces: Every Day is a 'Selection Event'

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    Default Special Operations Forces and the Professionalization of Foreign Internal Defense

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    Default Video: Special Forces Who Avenged 9/11 (Alex Quade's "Horse Soldiers" Short)

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    Default U.S. Special Operations Forces at 9-11, Today, and for the Future

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    Default Top U.S. Special Forces General: ‘We’re Hurting Ourselves’ With All These Movies and

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    Default U.S. Special Forces to Aid Turkish Troops in Syria

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    Default Special Forces as Military Observers in Modern Combat

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    Default Advice from SOF on the Use of SOF for the Next Administration

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