The role and usage of Special Operations Forces (SOF) expanded considerably with changes to the security environment after the Cold War. Asymmetric opponents have become more prominent. Counterinsurgency techniques have become more relevant. Force alone does little to resolve conflicts. In this environment, the use and employment of SOF has contributed greatly to the conduct of the war and in some instances it is the force of choice.
The mission of CANSOFCOM is to provide the CDS and operational commanders with agile, high-readiness Special Operations Forces capable of conduction special operations across the spectrum of conflict at home and abroad.
The successful conduct of special operations relies on individual and small unit proficiency in a multitude of specialized, often non-conventional combat skills applied with adaptability, improvisation, innovation, and self-reliance. The small size, unique capabilities, and self-sufficiency (for short periods of time) of SOF operational units provide Canada with agile, adaptive, appropriate, scaleable and rapid military responses.