For a paper due at the end of the month, I have to submit a five-year plan written as if I were an adviser to the commander of SOCOM. The professor to whom I am submitting the paper is ex-military and has a great deal of experience in SOF, so I'll be able to write this paper with a great deal more specificity than I would normally have to. As part of my research for this paper, I am soliciting ideas for things that you would think the commander of SOCOM should consider *at the strategic level* when planning for the next five years. Yes, I know the commander of SOCOM doesn't need me to plan a way a head for SOCOM for him; this is an academic exercise only. Nothing related to SOF is "off the table" as a potential item for discussion, BUT... everything has to be completely UNCLASS. Here is what I've come up with so far as potential items of discussion: 1) The pluses and minuses of SOF becoming its own branch of service 2) Establishing a centralized assessment, selection, and training program for all SOF enablers 3) Updating SOF doctrine to reflect F3EAD as the SOF targeting methodology 4) A push for continued emphasis on the SOF intel effort, possibly formally establishing EXINT as an intel discipline 5) More intra-SOF cooperation in training; consider consolidating training programs into "centers of excellence," more emphasis on crossleveling best practices between national and theater SOF 6) Greater emphasis on SOF/GPF cooperation, training, integration 7) An evaluation of whether the constant media attention on SOF forces (particularly the SEALs) is good or bad for the community 8) Expanding the civilian education program for SOF officers and NCOs I have been out of the SOF community for almost two years now, so I'm not even sure where the community is on some of these issues. If you have ideas for possible topics or thoughts about the ideas I posted above, I'd love to hear them. I'm also willing to provide my .mil email address for individuals who would prefer not to make their ideas public. Thanks in advance for any and all assistance.