COL (R) Jeff Goble
United States Special Operations Command (USSOCOM)
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.)/Georgetown University
Lt. Col. (Ret.) Leslea Pickle
U.S. Air Force Special Operations Command
Dr. Christopher Marsh, President
Joint Special Operations University
Dr. Robert Tomlinson, Vice President
U.S. Naval War College
LTC (R) Mike Kenny, Assistant Vice President for Outreach
Dr. James Kiras, Assistant Vice President
U.S. Air Force School of Advanced Air and Space Studies
Patricia Blocksome, Assistant Vice President for Research
U.S. Army School of Advanced Military Studies
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.
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.
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.
We are not alone in pursuing our mission. We partner with other organizations but none as closely as with the Joint Special Operations University (JSOU), which hosts the Special Operations Journal. Together we also co-host an annual special operations research symposium (for more information click the symposium tab at the top of the page).
The opinions expressed in the Special Operations Journal are those of the authors themselves and do not represent the official position of the U.S. Government, the U.S. Army, Department of Defense, or the Special Operations Command, or any other organization with which the authors or editors may be affiliated.
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