Special Operations Journal

Special Operations Journal is the official publication of the Special Operations Research Association. The journal ​is published in association with Routledge/Taylor & Francis, one of the world's leading academic publishers. Journal subscriptions are available from Taylor and Francis; just visit their website at:  http://www.tandfonline.com/pricing/journal/uops20

All subscribers have the choice of either hard copy or to access the journal electronically through the Taylor and Francis website - or both. Electronic access gives subscribers the chance to access previously-published material from earlier issues of the journal as well as articles that have been accepted for publication but have not yet appeared in an issue, helping you stay ahead of developments in the field.

SOJ is the first professional journal dedicated to promoting research across academia, the military, and the SOF community, both in the US and abroad, on the nature, conduct, and sources of success of special operations. We believe the conduct of special operations can benefit from rigorous historical and social science research, and that the scholarly fields of history and social science can benefit from the rigorous study of special operations. Our focus is on the field of special operations in its entirety, from tactics to strategy and from planning to lessons learned. This necessarily crosses the traditional boundaries of political science, sociology, history, and military science, and may even reach into other social and behavioral sciences, including psychology and anthropology. We are particularly interested in research that is policy-relevant, understanding that such relevance can be obtained from historical research as well as analyses of current operations.

All articles in SOJ are peer-reviewed to ensure the highest standards of academic research and scientific rigor. For more information, click on the link here, or contact the editor at editor@specopsjournal.org

Editorial Staff

Christopher Marsh, Special Operations Research Association

Associate Editor: 
James Kiras, U.S. Air Force School of Advanced Air and Space Studies

Managing Editor: 
Patricia Blocksome, U.S. Naval War College

Reviews Editor: 
Dan Cox, U.S. Army School of Advanced Military Studies


Assistant Reviews Editor: 
Luke Herrington


Editorial Board

Robert Baumann, U.S. Army Command and General Staff College

Paul Brister, Air Force Special Operations Command

Carolyne Davidson, National Defense University

David Ellis, Metis Solutions


Colin Gray, University of Reading

Nikolas Gvosdev, US Naval War College 

Nina Kollars, Franklin and Marshall College

Jeffrey Kubiak, Arizona State University

Austin Long, Rand Corporation

David Maxwell, Georgetown University


Mark Moyar, Center for Strategic and International    Studies
Linda Robinson, RAND Corporation


Richard Schultz, Fletcher School, Tufts


Will Irwin, Metis Solutions


Call for Papers

Special Operations Journal is pleased to announce that we are currently accepting articles for consideration for publication in the journal. Have a paper on a topic related to special operations or special operations forces? Consider submitting it for publication in SOJ! For more information, click on the link here, or contact the editor at editor@specopsjournal.org

We are also soliciting book reviews for publication. Have you run across a new book related to SOF that you'd like to review for the journal? Contact us and let us know.