Amid a decrease in demand for special operations forces teams to undertake counterterrorism operations, researchers have called for an integration of special operations capabilities into the cyber and information warfare continuum.
In 2007, Israeli special operations forces (SOF) teams penetrated Syria. According to a New York Times article published following the incursion, the special operations teams employed jamming capabilities against Syria’s anti-air systems, opening the way for targeted air strikes from the Israeli Air Force.
Though the conceptual application of the SOF team was no different — that being the ability for small, yet highly trained teams to bring about operational and strategic level advantages often within the grey zone — the character of the application shifted from counterterror operations to an unmistakably cyber domain.
Writing for War on the Rocks this week, Josh Golding, former cyber analyst at the US Department of Defense, examined how special operations and cyber warfare teams can leverage their unique capabilities to influence the battlefield.