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Special Operations: Out of the Shadows

Christopher Marsh, James D. Kiras, and Patricia J. Blocksome, editors
Special Operations: Out of the Shadows
ISBN: 978-1-62637-822-3
$85.00 $42.50
Forthcoming October 2019/231 pages/LC: 2019012756
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DESCRIPTION

Why have special operations forces become a key strategic tool in the conduct of modern warfare? How do these specially trained and equipped elite units function? What types of missions do they conduct?  Special Operations: Out of the Shadows addresses these questions and more in a comprehensive survey of special ops, encompassing cutting-edge research, current debates, and critical case studies.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Christopher Marsh is director of the Institute for Strategic Research at the Joint Special Operations University, US Special Operations Command, and president and founder of the Special Operations Research Association. James D. Kiras is professor of strategy and security studies at the US Air Force School of Advanced Air and Space Studies, Maxwell Air Force Base. Patricia J. Blocksome is assistant professor of national security affairs at the Naval War College Monterey.

CONTENTS

  • Special Operations: Out of the Shadows—the Editors.
  • SPECIAL OPERATIONS IN THEORY AND CONCEPT.
  • The Dangers of Theory—J.D. Kiras.
  • The Value of Theory—C. Marsh, M. Kenny, and N. Joslyn.
  • The Human Factor—K.L. Parker.
  • The Resurgence of Special Warfare—H.W. Harkins.
  • Terrorism and Unconventional Warfare—D. Cox.
  • Design Thinking for Special Operations—B. Zweibelson.
  • Design Thinking for Special Operations Forces—B. Zweibelson.
  • SPECIAL OPERATIONS IN ACTION.
  • The Strategic Paradox and Third-Party Proxies—R. Rubright.
  • Russia's Response to the New Western Way of War—C.K. Bartles.
  • Psychological Operations to Counter Online Radicalization—P.S. Lieber and P.J. Reiley.
  • Foreign Internal Defense and Security Force Assistance—J.M. DePolo.
  • Combating Transnational Organized Crime—S.R. Johnson.
  • CONCLUSION.
  • Special Operations Forces in an Era of Great Power Competition—the Editors.