Counterinsurgency: Exposing the Myths of the New Way of War
by Douglas Porch
New York: Cambridge University Press, 2013
ISBN: 978-1-107-02738-1 Hardcover

Excerpt from the Preface:
In this concise JSOU monograph, Dr. Rich Yarger considers the 21st century security environment, previous work on special operations theory, and various other perspectives of SOF gleaned from his research to synthesize an American SOF school of thought. This concept, he suggests, provides the foundation on which to develop an American special operations theory for the 21st century. He offers definitions, premises, and principles that explain modern American special operations over the last 70 years, and which can serve SOF well into the future. Based on his research, Dr. Yarger also identifies major areas of concern for SOF leadership. As USSOCOM confronts the challenges offered by the 21st century and policymakers continue to look at SOF as a preferred means to address numerous and complex security issues, such a theory is essential to determine and explain the appropriate roles and missions for SOF in the 21st century.


These publications are available electronically from the JSOU Public web site, in the 2013 publications section.

Hybrid Warfare
by Timothy McCulloh and Richard Johnson
Issue Date: April 2013

Major Timothy McCulloh and Major Richard Johnson wrote this monograph on hybrid warfare while they were students at the School of Advanced Military Studies, Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. Written in two parts, their individual approaches complement each other by providing a synergistic combination of both an overarching theory as well as an operational perspective. While the idea of hybrid warfare is not new, the authors together provide a clear, useful, and relevant contextual understanding of the differences between conventional conflicts and the realm of irregular warfare. Major McCulloh's contribution in the first section lays the theoretical basis for a definition of hybrid warfare, while addressing the pertinent question of its historical origin. Major Johnson's section uses historical examples and case studies to approach hybrid threats through a lens of U.S.-oriented operational art. The authors contribute to the understanding of warfare as a spectrum of conflict rather than a dichotomy of black and white alternatives.

Smart Power and U.S. National Strategy
by Francisco Wong-Diaz
Issue Date: August 2013

The publication of Dr. Francisco Wong-Diaz's monograph coincides with a major strategic reassessment of U.S. national security interests and the future military posture taking place at the national level. Today's strategic environment requires astute statecraft to formulate and execute grand strategy— strategy that effectively blends all forms of power and uses them smartly, that is, effectively and efficiently. Though there is no consensus on what constitutes the smart use of U.S. power, the concept of "smart power" is a dominant theme in policy circles. Smart power, however defined, is directly relevant to the SOF community. With a smaller footprint than conventional forces, SOF are both a cost-effective and less visible instrument of national power. SOF are expected to combine both hard- and soft-power approaches instinctively to achieve strategic-level effects. Using case studies from around the world, Dr. Wong-Diaz expertly draws the links between the strategic-level projection of power by states and their consequences on the ground.

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