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These four new JSOU Press publications are available electronically from the JSOU Public web site, https://jsou.socom.mil in the 2013 publications section. They are also available in the JSOU Library Management System: https://elibrary6.eosintl.com/U60005/OPAC/Index.aspx.

Special Operations Forces Interagency Counterterrorism Reference Manual, Third Edition

edited by Chuck Ricks
Issue Date: Septmeber 2013
This third edition builds on the success of the manual's earlier versions and continues to incorporate the evolving policy guidance and strategic vision that guide ongoing interagency counterterrorism efforts. It provides an outline of the organizations, missions, programs, and relationships that comprise the interagency process. This manual provides insight and information regarding various counterterrorism organizations in the U.S. government's national security apparatus. It also includes an explanation of the expanded concepts of civilian power and their implications for diplomacy and development that emerged from the publication of the First Quadrennial Diplomacy and Development Review in 2010. Expanded sections on countering terrorist finance operations, interagency responses to cyber threats, and strategic communication reflect a general acknowledgement of the importance of these capabilities. As before, this new edition includes updated collections of definitions, organizations, programs, and acronyms to provide the special operations warrior with an improved, practical, quick-reference guide to the interagency community.


The Nexus of Extremism and Trafficking: Scourge of the World or So Much Hype?

by Russell D. Howard and Colleen Traughber
Issue Date: October 2013
In this monograph, retired Brigadier General Russ Howard and Ms. Colleen Traughber delve into the nexus between violent extremist elements and transnational criminal elements by first clarifying whether a real problem exists and, if so, identifying the appropriate role for Special Operations Forces in confronting it. The authors bring rigor to the subject matter by dissecting the issues of intention and opportunities for criminal organizations and violent extremists. The authors note that these motivations and opportunities can vary widely among the different organizations. They further make clear that the trafficking of humans, weapons, drugs, and contraband (HWDC) is a natural way for the criminals and extremists to cooperate. To bring the issue into focus, the authors systematically examine case studies dealing with the nexus between specific organizations and HWDC trafficking opportunities. The authors then explore how this nexus will affect SOF and interagency partners, including issues for SOF such as the traditional delineation between law enforcement activities and military activities.


The Role of the Global SOF Network in a Resource Constrained Environment

edited by Chuck Ricks
Issue Date: November 2013
In February 2013, more than 125 SOF personnel from Canada, the United States, and eight other countries gathered at MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa, Florida, for a two-day symposium on "The Role of the Global SOF Network in a Resource Constrained Environment." This was the third symposium in a series held by the Joint Special Operations University and the Canadian Special Operations Forces Command Professional Development Centre. The event featured a mix of individual presentations, panel discussions, and social interaction to introduce issues, engage in productive discussions, and strengthen SOF network relationships. The subject matter ranged from the tactical (The Acid Test of Reality-Experiences of the Operators) to the strategic, with senior civilian and military leadership from both Canada and the United States assuming active, contributing roles. This report offers insights and suggestions on how to deliver operational success while accommodating both changing mission sets and resource-constrained environments.


Piracy: The Best Business Model Available

by John Alexander
Issue Date: Novemberr 2013
In this monograph, Dr. Alexander sets the stage with a brief historical account of how maritime piracy has evolved over the centuries to its current state: a vast enterprise whose increasing profitability has attracted a confluence of nefarious actors, including warlords and international criminal organizations. Dr. Alexander speculates on the potential for an intersection between pirates and ideological terrorist movements such as al Qaeda and associated groups. Such a future would significantly elevate the stakes in a U.S. whole-of-government counter-piracy response. What role should the U.S. military, and SOF in particular, play in addressing the global issue of maritime piracy? Dr. Alexander points out many of the thorny legal considerations that contextually color any efforts to address counter-piracy, and notes that the best solution to criminal acts occurring hundreds of miles at sea may in fact lie with efforts, including the use of SOF, to improve the security apparatus on shore.


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