Special operations: UW vs. DA

An interesting short look by Jim Dunnigan at the “growing friction between advocates of Unconventional Warfare (UW), and Direct Action (DA)”, which concludes:

Many in SOCOM view the UW crowd as old fashioned, and relics of a bygone era. It’s believed that new information processing and communications technologies make UW less useful, and DA more likely to produce results, and a lot sooner. The DA crowd has impatient politicians and media behind them, while the UW guys just continue to point out that the only way to get results in some situations, like pinpointing the location of Osama bin Laden, is via UW.