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USSOCOM’s International Strategic Advisory Panel’s Inaugural Meeting

Briefing Materials

February 25 – 26, 2014

USSOCOM Headquarters
MacDill Air Force Base
Tampa, Florida

This read-ahead material is designed to provide background information for the roundtable participants prior to the Commander’s International Roundtable meeting on February 26, 2014, in Tampa, Florida. All of the information contained in these briefing materials is UNCLASSIFIED.

  1. Browne, Andrew. 2013. “Asia Ponders U.S. Role Amid Syria Strife.” Wall Street Journal. September 10.
    Available for download
  2. ———. 2013. “China’s World: Philippines Looks to Revive U.S. Naval Base.” Wall Street Journal. September 16.
    Available for download
  3. Office of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. 2013. “Civil-Military Operations.” Joint-Publication 3-57. U.S. Department of Defense. September 11.
    Available for download
  4. Dreazen, Yochi. 2013. “The New Terrorist Training Ground.” The Atlantic. October.
    Available online
  5. The Economist. 2013. “The New Face of Terror.” September 28.
    Available online
  6. Entous, Adam, and Charles Levinson. 2013. “Israelis, Egyptians Cooperate on Terror.” Wall Street Journal. August 13.
    Available for download
  7. Garntenstein-Ross, Daveed. 2014. “The Arab Spring and Al-Qaeda’s Resurgence.” Testimony. House Armed Services Committee. Washington, D.C., February4.
    Available for download
  8. Hicks, Celeste. 2013. “Burning Curve: Assessing Africa’s ‘Arc of Instability.’” Jane’s Intelligence Review 25, no. 9. September.
    Available for download
  9. Hinshaw, Drew. 2013. “French Seek to Prevent Rebel Revival in Mali.” Wall Street Journal. September 10.
    Available for download
  10. Homeland Security Policy Institute. 2013. “Somalia’s Al-Shabab: Down but Not Out.” Issue Brief 22. George Washington University, Washington, D.C. August 27.
    Available for download
  11. Ignatius, David. 2013. “Drawing Down but Still Projecting Power.” Washington Post. March 29.
    Available online
  12. Jones, Seth. 2014. “Back to the Future: The Rise of Salafi-Jihadists.” Testimony. House Armed Services Committee. Washington, D.C., February 4.
    Available for download
  13. Low, Peter. 2013. “Extracting Peace: FARC Targets Energy and Mining.” Jane’s Intelligence Review 25, no. 9. September.
    Available for download
  14. Manwaring, Max. 2013. “Translating Lessons Learned in Colombia and Other Wars Among the People: Confronting the Spectrum of 21st Century Conflict.” Small Wars Journal. August 27.
    Available online
  15. McRaven, William. 2013. “Written Statement of Admiral William H. McRaven, USN, Commander, United States Special Operations Command, before the 113th Congress Senate Armed Services Committee Emerging Threats and Capabilities Subcommittee." Senate Armed Services Committee. Washington, DC. April 9. Available for download
  16. Miles, Donna. 2013. “McRaven Sets Future Course for Special Ops Command.” American Forces Press Service. May 22.
    Available online
  17. Morrison, Scott. 2013. “Redefining the Indirect Approach, Defining Special Operations Forces (SOF) Power, and the Global Networking of SOF.” Prism 4, no. 3.
    Available for download
  18. Nemtsova, Anna. 2013. “The Threat Against the Olympics.” The Daily Beast. September 18.
    Available online
  19. Ndege, Yvonne, and Azad Essa. 2013. “The Rise of Nigeria’s Boko Haram.” Al Jazeera. September 18.
    Available online
  20. Simon, Jeffrey D. 2013. “Ahead of the Pack: Lone Wolf Terrorist Attacks Increase.” Jane’s Intelligence Review 25, no. 8. August.
    Available for download
  21. U.S. Special Operations Command. 2013. “SOCOM 2020: Forging the Tip of the Spear.”
    Available for download
  22. Wonacott, Peter. 2013. “Secessionist Wave Sweeps through Africa.” Wall Street Journal. September 17.
    Available for download
  23. Zimmerman, Katherine. 2013. Testimony. “AQAP’s Role in the al-Qaeda Network.” Statement before the House Committee on Homeland Security Subcommittee on Counterterrorism and Intelligence on “Understanding the Threat to the Homeland from AQAP.” September 18.
    Available online