The dark chess knight or Trojan horse head denotes cunning and stealth while the scales on the chess knight's shoulders symbolize analysis and assessment. The checky field represents strategy and simulation in wargaming. The checky field in a perspective format alludes to the infinite horizon or infinite possibilities of the development of new concepts. The torch reflects learning and guidance. The shield is for the national defense mission. The gold wreath is emblematic of honor and high achievement.
Black, gray (white) and green are traditionally used by Special Operations organizations, gold is emblematic of excellence. The five lightning bolts represent Special Forces, Civil Affairs, Psychological Operations, Special Operations Aviation and Rangers as well as Sea, Air, Land, Space, Information, Concept Development, Wargaming, Simulation, Experimentation and Analysis.