Combatting ISIS: The Special Operations Approach to an International Threat

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Join the Center for International Strategy, Technology and Policy for a discussion with Lieutenant Colonel Paul Brister (USAF) on alternative and Special Operations Forces specific strategies to counter ISIS with a specific focus on unconventional warfare and the promise and challenges of implementing such strategies.

Lieutenant Colonel Brister currently serves as the Commander, 23rd Special Tactics Squadron, Air Force Special Operations Command, Hurlburt Field, Fla. In this role, he commands a 224 airman-strong squadron comprised of Combat Control, Pararescue, Special Operations Weather, Tactical Air Control Party, and specialized Combat Mission support. Lt. Col Brister also has multiple combat deployments to Iraq, Afghanistan and other locations in support of the Global War on Terrorism. In addition, he holds a PhD in Strategic Studies from the Naval Postgraduate School.


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