SF TACFAC operations also can have a tremendous positive impact in support of friendly
information operations (IO), as TACFACs are tangible proof of a stabilizing friendly-force presence. In order for U.S. Armed Forces—and SF in particular—to have any positive effect on the local population’s view of their government, local critical assets and infrastructure must be defended. These assets and infrastructure usually have more economic and political value than tactical military value.
The smallest SF unit tasked to operate and maintain an SF TACFAC is the SFODA. SFODBs and
SFODCs that occupy TACFACs produce much larger tactical footprints in their areas of operation (AOs), which may be a distinct disadvantage. The larger advanced operating base (AOB) or special operations task force (SOTF) TACFAC needed to sustain a greater force requires additional logistics and protection support.
*This publication supersedes FM 3-05.230, 30 July 2003.