Seven Core TasksUnconventional Warfare Operations (UW)
UW is a broad spectrum of military and/ or paramilitary operations and activities, normally of long duration, conducted through with or by indigenous or surrogate forces who are organized, trained, equipped, supported and otherwise directed in varying degrees by an external source. UW can be conducted across the range of military operations against regular and irregular forces, state-sponsored or not
Foreign Internal Defense (FID)
SF asses, train, advise, and assist host nation military and paramilitary forces in order to enable these forces to maintain the host nations internal stability, to counter subversion and violence in their country and to address the causes of instability.
Direct Actions (DA)
DA missions are short-duration strikes and other small scale offensive actions conducted in hostile, denied, or politically-sensitive environments. These missions employ specialized military capabilities to seize, destroy, capture, exploit, recover personnel or equipment or damage designated targets.
Special Reconnaissance (SR)
SR actions are conducted in hostile, denied, or politically-sensitive environments to collect or verify information of strategic or operational significance, employing military capabilities not normally found in conventional forces. SR includes target acquisition, area assessment and post-strike reconnaissance
CT operations include the offensive measures taken to prevent, deter, preempt and respond to terrorism. SF Soldiers apply specialized capabilities to conduct these operations in environments that may be denied to conventional forces because of political or threat conditions
CP actions are designed to locate, seize destroy, render safe, capture or recover weapons of mass destruction, or WMD, in order to prevent the acquisition of WMD and delivery systems, to roll back proliferation where it has occurred, and to deter the use of WMD and its delivery systems.
Support of Information Operations (IO)
IO actions are taken to affect adversary information and information systems while defending one's own information and information systems in order to affect or defend information and information systems to influence decision making. IO includes electronic warfare, computer network operations, PSYOP, military deception and operations security in concert with targeting, special technologies and modeling capabilities to facilitate mission accomplishment across the range of military operations.