Global Responses to Maritime Violence

Edited by Paul Shemella
Stanford University Press, April 2016
344 pages

Global Responses to Maritime Violence is a full discussion of maritime security short of war. The chapters in this volume examine maritime terrorism, piracy, maritime smuggling, and everything in between. The perpetrators of these activities derive benefit from violence and disorder in the maritime domain; the challenge for governments is to impose order while protecting citizens who live by and depend on the sea. Maritime violence constitutes an "ecosystem" in which connections and common threads offer clues to effective government actions. The book coheres around the premise that good maritime governance, though difficult, is worth the considerable resources required. It concludes by offering "strategic precepts" that can be used to guide governments in their individual and collective efforts.


These new JSOU Press publications are available electronically on the JSOU Library Management System website:

Unconventional Economics: Operational Economics in Unconventional Warfare
by Major Riley J. Post and Colonel (Ret.) Jeffrey D. Peterson, Ph.D.

In this monograph, Major Riley Post and Dr. Jeffrey Peterson offer a compelling look into economic activities and influence in the context of unconventional warfare (UW). The value of this monograph lies in the creation of a framework that provides a structured approach for UW practitioners to employ as they assess and analyze economic factors that influence and support insurgency movements. This framework offers a way to simplify the varied and complex economic activities required to support equally complex resistance operations. The monograph provides examples of tactical economic opportunities that support operational and strategic objectives. To illustrate the use of their model, the authors evaluate the rise and potential vulnerabilities of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant. The authors conclude with recommendations to enhance training for Special Operations Forces leaders and operators in the application of economic factors in UW.

2016 Special Operations Essays

Each year, the Joint Special Operations University partners with the Special Operations and Low Intensity Conflict Chapter of the National Defense Industrial Association in sponsoring an annual essay contest. This year's first place winner is US Air Force Major Jared Harris, with "Daydreams of an Operational Planner: Reimagining the Counterterrorism Task Force." In second place is US Army Major Tim Ball, with "Bringing the Alliance Back to SOF: The Role of NATO Special Operations Headquarters in Countering Russian Hybrid Warfare." This collection also includes high-quality, original works from four other professional military education (PME) students: US Army Chief Warrant Officer 3 James Allbright, Peruvian Army Colonel Ricardo Benavides, US Army Major Orlando Craig, and US Army Chief Warrant Officer 4 Stephen Dayspring. These essays provide current insights on what our PME students see as priority national and international security issues affecting special operations. They add value to the individuals' professional development, provide an outlet for expressing new ideas and points of view, and contribute to the knowledge of the special operations community.

A Comprehensive and Proactive Approach to Unconventional Warfare
by Will Irwin

In this paper, Mr. Irwin explores gray zone unconventional warfare (UW)
options in the context of the recent Syria train-and-equip mission. To better posture itself for engagement in gray zone political warfare, the US government, and especially special operations forces, must work to reestablish, revitalize, and master important but seemingly lost components of our UW capability, as well as engage in concept development marked by uncommonly creative and innovative thinking. Mr. Irwin argues that early US UW engagement, effective influence and coercion actions, and a more disciplined approach to non-violent civil resistance in Syria could have resulted in more favorable outcomes in line with US interests.

FunciĆ³n de las SOF en la lucha contra el crimen organizado transnacional
edited by William Mendel and Dr. Peter McCabe

Announced in the previous issue of CTX, now available in Spanish! This is the translated version of "The SOF Role in Combating Transnational Organized Crime."


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