OUr Board

COL (R) Jeff Goble


Dr. Nikolas Gvosdev

U.S. Naval War College


LTC (R) Dan Hammack

U.S. Army Special Forces (Ret.)


COL (R) David Maxwell

U.S. Army Special Forces (Ret.)


Lt. Col. (Ret.) Leslea Pickle

U.S. Air Force Special Operations Command


Linda Robinson

RAND Corporation


Executive Committee


Dr. Christopher Marsh, President

Special Operations Research Association


Dr. Robert Tomlinson, Executive Vice President

U.S. Naval War College


LTC (R) Mike Kenny, Vice President for Outreach

Warrior Ascent 


Dr. James Kiras, Vice President

U.S. Air Force School of Advanced Air and Space Studies


Patricia Blocksome, Vice President for Research

U.S. Naval War College

What We Are 


The Special Operations Research Association (SORA) is an officially registered 501(c)3 nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting research across academia, the military, and the SOF community on the nature, conduct, and sources of success of special operations.  


Who We Are


We are a group of scholars, educators, and military personnel (including present and former special operators) who share an interest in the field of special operations, ranging from theory to practice. Click here for bios and more on our leadership and board members.


Our Mission

To promote research on special operations and special operations forces to better understand their nature, utility, and the factors contributing to mission success. To better understand how special operations are planned and conducted; their role in the policymaking process; and their unique role in national strategy.

 

SPECIAL OPERATIONS RESEARCH ASSOCIATION