SOF Research Topics and How to Guides


Army special-operations Soldiers attend the first Distinguished Thesis presentation event for the National Defense University's Fort Bragg campus program.

Research Categories, Topics, and Key Strategic Issues

U.S. Army Special Operations Command Priority Research Topics AY 2018 - provides information on USASOC academic research topics, Jul 2017.

Joint Special Operations University Special Operations Research Topics 2018 - features recommendations for research topics in special operations.

Keyword List for 2018 - SWEG (A) reviewed the Joint Special Operations University Special Operations Research Topics 2018 and divided the research topics within keywords to aid students in selecting research topics from this publication.

Project Gray's Russian Engagement in the Gray Zone Symposium Research Questions- research questions generated during discussions of prominent students, faculty, researchers, and operators in the field of security studies that capture the complexities of the gray zone and seek to stimulate scholarship on workable frameworks and perspectives for addressing gray zone challenges.

Project Gray's Daesh Beyond the Levant Symposium Research Questions on Gray Zone Challenges - research questions generated during discussions of prominent students, faculty, researchers, and operators in the field of security studies that capture the complexities of the gray zone and seek to stimulate scholarship on workable frameworks and perspectives for addressing gray zone challenges.

ARSOF 2022 - introduces the ARSOF 2022 vision, further clarifies the SOF narrative, and functions as a blueprint for changes that are primarily focused at the tactical level.

ARSOF 2022 Part II, Changing the Institution - focuses on institutional change to increase efficiency and improve alignment of operational and force-generation capabilities within the U.S. Army and the U.S. Special Operations Command, while creating new, operational-level capabilities.

ARSOF Next - brings the ARSOF 2022 vision full circle by defining who we are and where we come from. It reminds us of our principles, which are deeply ingrained in the traits of the ARSOF Soldier, the characteristics of an ARSOF Unit and our Promise to the Nation. It explores our collective shared history, demonstrating that these first principles are not only who we are, but also who we have always been.

U.S. Army Key Strategic Issues List 2016-2017- contains recommendations for research topics.

Research Tips

First and foremost, be sure to utilize the research librarians and library resources that you have accessible to you here at SCoE and at the libraries of your respective graduate degree programs. Librarians possess extensive backgrounds in academic research and eager attitudes to transmit those research skills to you. Knowing your librarians and learning their research skills will save you time and effort throughout your academic studies and your professional career.

SOCoE Marquat Memorial Learning Resource Center - supporting USASOC and USAJFKSWCS in training and educating U. S. Army Special Forces, Civil Affairs, and Psychological Operations Soldiers by providing access to and training on relevant electronic and print resources.

Mendeley - desktop and web program for managing and sharing research papers; discovering research data; and collaborating online.
- Mendeley Video Tutorials

Zotero - open-source reference management software to manage bibliographic data and related research materials and bibliographic data.

Tufts University Research Paper Navigator - use the Research Paper Navigator for help with writing, research, time management, and citing sources. Click on "New Project" to enter the start and due dates for your paper to get a customized research timeline.

The Ohio State University Libraries net.TUTOR - research tutorials, research guides, zombie information resources research exercise, and additional information.

Columbia University Libraries - Evaluating Web Resources

Harvard University - Harvard Guide to Using Sources - this resource helps students think carefully about the challenges and methods of developing their own ideas from material they read in print or on the Internet. The guide focuses on locating sources, evaluating sources, integrating sources into your paper, citing sources, and avoiding plagiarism.

The Bedford Handbook 6th Edition by Diana Hacker – Research and Documentation Online – Finding and Documenting Sources by Area of Study

The Bedford Handbook 6th Edition by Diana Hacker – Links Library

Research Guides

Libraries provide research guides designed to cover the key resources and provide a foundational understanding of a specific topical area. Research guides include information on a subject area gathered from a variety of print and electronic media such as books, websites, almanacs, documentaries, search engines, journals, and blogs. These research guides go by other names such as bibliographies, information portals, resource lists, subject guides, topic guides, and pathfinders. Here, you will find a sampling of research guides and helpful research materials from academic institutions and governmental entities.

U.S. Army Ike Skeleton Combined Arms Center Research Library - Current/Topical Links

U.S. Army War College Library, Root Hall - Bibliographies & More

The National Defense University, Military Education Research Library Network - Research Guides

Naval Postgraduate School, Dudley Knox Library
- Research Guides by Subject

Joint Special Operations University Library - Research and Information Guides

Air University, Muir S. Fairchild Research Information Center
- Current Bibliographies
- Subject Resource Guides

Assessing Revolutionary and Insurgent Strategies (ARIS) - research conducted for the U.S. Army Special Operations Command by the National Security Analysis Department of The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory. Its goal is to produce academically rigorous yet operationally relevant research to develop and illustrate a common understanding of insurgency and revolution.

The George Washington University, The National Security Archive - Electronic Briefing Books

The University of Kansas Libraries - Research Guides: Subject Guides

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, University Libraries - Subject Guides

Harvard University Library - Research Guides by Subject

The Library of Congress - Bibliographies, Research Guides, and Finding Aids

Pentagon Library - Information Guides by Subject

National Security Agency, Declassification and Transparency - Subject Index

Central Intelligence Agency - Library Publications

U.S. National Archives and Records Administration - Research by Topic

University Writing Centers' Materials

University writing centers provide a variety of educational materials to improve students' research and writing skills. Here, you will find a sampling of university writing centers with nationally recognized writing programs. For your SA, other universities and grammar blogs reference the materials provided by The Purdue University Online Writing Lab (OWL) and The University of North Carolina Writing Center quite frequently.

The Purdue University Online Writing Lab (OWL)

The University of North Carolina Writing Center

Naval Postgraduate School Graduate Writing Center

The University of Iowa Writing Center

The University of California, Berkeley Student Learning Center Writing Program

The University of Kansas Writing Center

Duke University Thompson Writing Program

The University of California, Los Angeles Graduate Writing Center

Yale University Graduate School of Arts & Sciences Writing Center

The University of Michigan Gayle Morris Sweetland Center for Writing

The University of Texas at Austin Undergraduate Writing Center

The University of Wisconsin-Madison The Writing Center

The University of Toronto Scarborough The Writing Centre, Centre for Teaching and Learning

Dartmouth College Institute for Writing and Rhetoric

Grammar Help

The Purdue University Online Writing Lab (OWL)

The University of North Carolina Writing Center

The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign The Center for Writing Studies - Writers Workshop: Writer Resources, Grammar Handbook

The University of California, Los Angeles Graduate Writing Center - Grammar, Punctuation, Style, and Usage

Indiana University-Bloomington Writing Tutorial Services - Proofreading for Common Surface Errors: Spelling, Punctuation, and Grammar

Weber State University Grammar Brushup - videos and notecards on grammar topics.

Stanford University Program in Writing and Rhetoric - Top Twenty Errors in Undergraduate Writing

The Elements of Style by William Strunk Jr.

Capital Community College's Guide to Grammar and Writing - the comprehensive index answers grammar questions.

Writing Your Paper

The Purdue University Online Writing Lab (OWL)

The University of North Carolina Writing Center

The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign The Center for Writing Studies - Writers Workshop: Writer Resources, Writing Tips

The Pennsylvania State University The Graduate Writing Center
- The Style and Craft of Academic Writing - ppt.
- Strategies for Drafting & Revising Academic Writing - ppt.

Duke University Writing Studio - Editing for Clarity and Proofreading for Correctness

Harvard University The Writing Center - Strategies for Essay Writing

The University of Pennsylvania - Editing Tips for Effective Writing

The University of California, Los Angeles Graduate Writing Center - Proposing, Writing, and Filing Your Thesis or Dissertation

Citing Your Resources and Academic Integrity

Citation Management - software tools for managing your research paper resources. Check with your graduate program on the citation management system that they recommend you use.
- Zotero - quick links and support section.
- RefWorks - general information and user guides.
- EndNote - getting started guide (Windows).

Citation Styles - check with your graduate program on the preferred citation style for your course of study. Most university writing centers have handouts to assist students with each citation style.
Modern Language Association (MLA) Official Site - brief FAQ page.
The Chicago Manual of Style Official Site - includes Q&A, Tools, and Citation Quick Guide.
American Psychological Association (APA) Official Site - learning APA style.

Manual for Writers of Research Papers, Theses, and Dissertations - written by Kate L. Turabian. This book presents two basic documentation systems: notes-bibliography style (or simply bibliography style) and author-date style (sometimes called reference list style). These styles reflect those presented in The Chicago Manual of Style, sixteenth edition, with slight modifications for student writers.

The Purdue University Online Writing Lab (OWL) - Research and Citation Resources

The University of North Carolina Writing Center -
Citation Resources - citing information in a variety of citation styles.
- How We Cite - video
- Why We Cite - video
- Plagiarism

Northwestern University -
- 8 Cardinal Rules of Academic Integrity
- How to Avoid Plagiarism

Duke University Writing Studio - Avoiding Plagiarism

Indiana University-Bloomington Writing Tutorial Services - Plagiarism: What it is, and How to Recognize and Avoid it

Massachusetts Institute of Technology Writing and Communication Center - Avoiding Plagiarism

Writing with Sources: A Guide for Students - written by Gordon Harvey. This 2008 booklet explains how and why to use sources in your writing, how to document sources, and how to avoid plagiarism.

English Language Learners

The Purdue University Online Writing Lab (OWL) - ESL Students

Brown University - Resources for English Language Learners

Ohio University - ESL Student Resources

The Brief Penguin Handbook - Common ESL Errors Workbook

Emory University - Useful Online Resources for Developing English & Academic Skills

The University of California, Los Angeles Graduate Writing Center - ESL Resources

Contact

Graduate Degree Programs and Research Management Office
ARSOF Advanced Education Program Manager
(910) 908-1517 or email
ARSOF Advanced Education Program Manager


ARSOF Student Research Program Manager
(910) 908-4594 or email
ARSOF Advanced Education Program Manager