Table of ContentsRevised: 01/17/2012
The following bibliography is intended to help you be aware of and become familiar with some of the Library's more useful resources and to give you some ideas of places to start your research. It is not intended to be a comprehensive list and it does not include basic books that can be found by searching BOSUN the Library's on-line catalog.
All classified materials are housed in the Library's Restricted Resources & Services (RRS) area and are not referenced here. Please note that RRS includes documents that are unclassified but contain a “limited distribution” statement as well as those materials classified up to the Secret level. Please be sure to consult with a reference librarian if you have any questions.
[Within the Cambridge Scientific Abstracts, choose Worldwide Political Science Abstracts.]
This provides indexing for current periodical literature in the field of political science and government as well as related disciplines of law, sociology and economic. Indexing is by author and subject but also provides the table of contents of each issue covered.
Special Operations: A Selected Bibliography.
Gibish, Jane E.
Carlisle Barracks, PA: U.S. Army War College Library, 1995
Selected Resources on Special Operations.
Hurlburt Field, Fla. : Hurlburt Base Library, 2000. 69p.
U 262 H886 2001
Special Operations 2010
Maxwell Air Force Base, AL: Air University Library, June 2010
Bibliographies from the U.S. Military History Institute
Coverage includes topics such as: Deception, Elite Forces, Foreign Special Forces, Tactics, Mercenaries, Propaganda and more
Published by the U.S. Department of State and updated as necessary, these provide 3-4 page "thumbnail" sketches of each country. Headings indicating areas of coverage include: geography, people, government, economy, history, political condition, foreign relations and more.
Monthly Catalog of U.S. Government Publications.
This is the most comprehensive index for referencing many of the documents published by the U.S. Government. Updated regularly, this includes reference to documents published by the DoD, State Department, Congress and most other federal agencies. When available, hyperlinks to electronic documents are included in the records.
The Military Balance.
This provides a quantitative assessment of the world's military forces and their defense expenditure. Also has brief information and statistics regarding UN Peacekeeping operations.
Stockholm International Peace Research Institute
Categories of coverage include: global and regional security and conflicts, weapons and technology proliferation, military expenditures, arms productions and trade, and arms control and disarmament. This includes some major documents and speeches as is well indexed. Other SIPRI databases include: Military Expenditures, Arms Transfer, Arms Embargoes and Arms Industry.
This database searches and provides summaries of statistical publications produced by state, federal and international agencies as well as non-government entities. When available, links to the full-text of selected publications are provided.
The World Factbook
Published annually by the CIA, this gives brief statistical sketches of each country. Contents headings include: Map, Flag, Geography, People, Government, Economy, Transportation, Communications and Defense.]
The Library has a growing collection of maps of various sizes, scales and content. A variety of maps published by the CIA make good briefing maps. We also have nautical, topographic and aeronautical charts as well as an increasing number of CD-ROM products. Most of these maps are NOT in BOSUN so please see a reference librarian. References to atlases can, however, be found by searching BOSUN. The Library has a Maps web page. We also have a section of links to Military Maps by war or region of conflict. The Perry-Castanada Library also has an excellent online map collection.
The following are electronic resources that have not previously been mentioned.
Defense Technical Information Center's Online Database
DTIC is the clearinghouse for many DoD reports and is an excellent resource. Through their PUBLIC database, the Defense Technical Information Center (DTIC) indexes and abstracts defense-related government-sponsored scientific, technical and non-technical reports. Although most of the older references only provide an abstract, the majority of the current documents are available as full-text Image files. If eligible, you may want to register for their Controlled Access site.
Facts on International Relations and Security Trends (FIRST)
Facts on International Relations and Security Trends (FIRST) is a free-of-charge service for politicians, journalists, researchers and the interested public. FIRST is a joint project of the International Relations and Security Network (ISN) and the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI).
Global Information System -Defense & Foreign Affairs.
[Click on Client Log-In]
This has a country database with information about various countries including history, leadership information, defense information, major intelligence groups, insurgents and other groups and more. It also has a special topics section, "power" tables which show changes in governments within t he past 12 months and what caused the change, arms transfer information and the Defense and Foreign Affairs Daily.
Global Terrorism Database
National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism (START)
The Global Terrorism Database (GTD) is an open-source database including information on terrorist events around the world since 1970 (currently updated through 2004). Unlike many other event databases, the GTD includes systematic data on international as well as domestic terrorist incidents that have occurred during this time period and now includes almost 80,000 cases. For each GTD incident, information is available on the date and location of the incident, the weapons used and nature of the target, the number of casualties, and -- when identifiable -- the identity of the perpetrator.
Homeland Security Digital Library
Naval Postgraduate School
The HSDL is a comprehensive collection of current and archived Homeland Security resources--all in digital format--from federal, state and local agencies, leading national and international organizations, think tanks, universities and more. These resources are selected by the HSDL team of information professionals. The HSDL collection includes U.S. policy documents, key federal publications, state and municipal documents, links to important sites, professional journal articles, multimedia materials, theses, gray literature, Homeland Security related news, a list of upcoming Homeland Security related conferences and events, and links to key agencies & organizations.
This provides full-text access to many of the Jane's resources (e.g. All the World's Aircraft and Fighting Ships as well as various periodicals - Jane's Intelligence Review, Jane's Defence Weekly etc.). The library also has many of the Jane's publications in hard copy.
Jane's Sentinel Country Risk Assessments
Contains expert analysis of the latest events and trends in political, security and military affairs and a detailed breakdown of global military and political structures on a regional basis. Each region is broken down by country with each country profile providing a detailed analysis of political, diplomatic and military capabilities.
Jane's Terrorism and Insurgency Centre
Jane’s Terrorism Intelligence Centre is a gateway to the latest global terrorism related content including news, exclusive features, comprehensive reference material and an interactive events database.
Joint Electronic Library [JEL]
This provides access to all current Joint Publications. The Library maintains at least one (1) copy of every joint pub including those that have been superceded. The JEL also provides access to the DoD Dictionary, "Compendium of Joint Publications" which contains abstracts of each joint publication, joint related Service publications, JCS historical publications, CJCS Directives, various joint-related research papers and other joint-related publications. The periodicals A Common Perspective and Joint Force Quarterly (JFQ) are also available.
This online database service provides full-text information for major newspapers (domestic and international), journals and periodicals, reports, transcripts and more. A password is required, please see a librarian.
This is an annual review of major global political economic and foreign-policy developments and includes articles covering regional security, proliferation and military conflict.
Stratfor is one of the world's leading global intelligence firms, providing clients with geopolitical analysis and industry and country forecasts to mitigate risk and identify opportunities. The Stratfor website publishes daily intelligence briefs and in-depth analysis, and a wide range of consulting services carefully tailored to meet specific client needs.
With WorldCat (the OCLC Online Union Catalog) you can simultaneously search the catalogs of over 9000 libraries worldwide. WorldCat contains more than 50 million records in over 400 languages.
Primary Source Documents
Air Force Historical Research Agency
Provides access to a variety of documents including those related to World War II, Korean War, the Vietnam War and recent operations.
Air Force Historical Studies Office Publications
American Memory - Historical Collections for the National Digital Library
This site from the Library of Congress provides a gateway to rich primary source materials related to the history of the US including the Civil War.
American State Papers
This is an important collection of "the legislative and executive documents of Congress during the period 1789 to 1838." Areas of particular interest include: foreign relations, commerce and navigation, military affairs and naval affairs.
Army Heritage Collection Online
This site provides access to various digital collections of historic Army materials including: personal papers, oral histories, letters & diaries, Army publications such as old field & technical manuals, doctrinal guidance and more.
Center for Military History (Army)
Cold War International History Project (CWIHP) Virtual Library
The CWIHP disseminates information and perspectives on the history of the Cold War and includes many previously inaccessible and/or classified documents from some of the former Communist countries.
Combined Arms Research Library - Digital Library
"A project of the Combat Studies Institute, the Operational Leadership Experiences Interview Collection archives firsthand, multi-service accounts from military personnel who planned, participated in and supported operations in the Global War on Terrorism."
Conducted at the subcommittee or full committee level, hearings provide access to the testimony and data on topics of interest with comments from members of Congress as well as expert witnesses
This provides the record and transcripts of the sessions of the House and Senate. Sometimes includes copies of bill or reports and roll call votes.
Declassified Documents Reference System [DDRS]
This is an excellent source. With coverage back to 1945, it provides access to more than 70,000 declassified documents from various government agencies (e.g. CIA, DoD, FBI, NSC, Dept of State etc.).
Department of State Foreign Affairs [2009 to present]
This provides speeches, press releases and major State Department documents.
DoS Web Page Archives [2001-2009]
DoS Foreign Affairs Electronic Archives [1997-2001]
Digital National Security Archive
This provides image files of various documents that have been declassified. The collections available via this resource are:
Afghanistan: The Making of U.S. Policy, 1973-1990
Berlin Crisis 1958-1962
China and the United States: From Hostility to Engagement, 1960-1998
Cuban Missile Crisis, 1962
Cuban Missile Crisis Revisited: From the Bay of Pigs to the Brink of Nuclear War
Death Squads, Guerrilla War, Cover Operations and Genocide: Guatemala and the US, 1954-1999
El Salvador: The Making of U.S. Policy, 1977-1984
El Salvador: War, Peace, and Human Rights, 1980-1994
Iran: the Making of U.S. Policy, 1977-1980
Iran-Contra Affair: The Making of a Scandal, 1983-1988
Iraqgate: Saddam Hussein, U.S. Policy and the Prelude to the Persian Gulf War, 1980-1994
Japan and the United States: Diplomatic, Security and Economic Relations, 1960-1976
Japan and the United States: Diplomatic, Security and Economic Relations, 1977-1992
Kissinger Transcripts: A Verbatim Record of U.S. Diplomacy, 1969-1977
Nicaragua: The Making of U.S. Policy, 1978-1990
Philippines,: U.S. Policy During the Marcos Years, 1965-1986
Presidential Directives on National Security, Part I: From Truman to Clinton
Presidential Directives on National Security, Part II: From Truman to George W. Bush
South Africa: the Making of U.S. Policy, 1962-1989
Soviet Estimate: U.S. Analysis of the Soviet Union, 1947-1989
Terrorism and U.S. Policy, 1968-2002
U.S. Espionage and Intelligence, 1947-1996
U.S. Intelligence Community: Organization, Operations and Management, 1947-1989
U.S. Intelligence on Weapons of Mass Destruction: From World War II to Iraq
U.S. Military Uses of Space, 1945-1991
U.S. Nuclear History: Nuclear Arms and Politics in the Missile Age, 1955-1968
U.S. Nuclear Non-Proliferation Policy, 1945-1991
U.S. Policy in the Vietnam War, Part I: 1954-1968
U.S. Policy in the Vietnam War, Part II: 1969-1975
Compilation of Presidential Documents
General Web Sites
Department of Defense Inspector General [DoDIG] Audit and Evaluation Reports
Government Accountability Office [GAO] (formerly: General Accounting Office.)
The GAO is a congressional watchdog agency that produces many very useful reports. The Library has paper or microfiche copies of many of these reports. The GAO database contains all publicly released reports since FY 95.
MERLN -- Military Education and Research Library Network
MERLN allows one to search the library catalogs of significant US military educational institutions as well as two periodical indexes which specifically target military publications. The library catalogs of the following institutions are represented: Air University, Armed Forces Staff College, Army War College, Combined Arms Research Library (Army Command and General Staff College), Marine Corps University Research Center, Military History Institute, National Defense University, Naval Postgraduate School, Naval War College, US Air Force Academy, US Military Academy, and the US Naval Academy. The periodical indexes are: Air University Library Index to Military Periodicals [AULIMP] and the Staff College Automated Military Periodical index [SCAMPI].
Congressional Information Web Sites
CQ Weekly Report
This full-text database provides reports on significant legislation, floor action and major policy issues in Congress. Also included are; roll call votes, presidential speeches, election coverage and more.
This full-text database provides information on current and controversial issues in areas such as economic, social, political and international affairs. Each report includes historical background, milestones, the current situation and outlook and the pros and cons of each issue. Coverage begins in 1923
This is an electronic version of the CIS Index to Congressional Publications and Public Laws [JK 1001 .A2 Ref]. It provides indexing to all congressional hearings, reports and documents since 1970. Electronic congressional information can be found at a number sites, see the Congressional Information section of this handout.
Federal Digital System (formerly GPO Access)
Among other things, this provides access to the same kinds of congressional information as listed under Thomas as well as the US Code and the Constitution.
Major Studies and Issue Briefs of the Congressional Research Service
An arm of the Library of Congress, CRS writes background reports for members of Congress on the various topics of interest to them, including the budget, armed forces, national security and more.The cumulative index is on CD-ROM and the full-text of the various reports issued by this agency are available in microformat. Many of the more recent CRS reports are now appearing on the Internet and the library also has some in electronic format through our digital library available through BOSUN. Many of those that are available on the Internet can be found through our Congressional Research Service links.
Thomas (Library of Congress)
Thomas provides access to the following kinds of congressional information: Bill status, summary and text, major legislation, Public Laws, Roll Call votes, Congressional Record, committee reports, links to House and Senate publications and more.
Military and/or Strategy Related Links
This is a list of a FEW suggested sites
Air University Center for Strategy and Technology
Air War College Center for Strategic Leadership Studies
This provides a source of comprehensive information on US public opinion on international issues and includes The Digest, which provides comprehensive analyses on polling on various international topics.
Army Center for Military History
Center for Army Lessons Learned [CALL]
Center for Nonproliferation Studies
Monterey Institute of International Studies
Center for International Security and Cooperation [CISAC] at Stanford University
Center for Security Policy
Center for Strategic and International Studies
Cold War International History Project [CWIHP] Document Library
Council on Foreign Relations
subject category - National Security
Institute of World Affairs
ISN - International Relations and Security Network
Joint Doctrine/Joint Electronic Library
Joint Warfighting Center
NATO Official Home Page
U.S. Air Force Counterproliferation Center
Official Special Operations Sites
Air Force Special Operations Command [AFSOC]
Air War College [AWC] Gateway to Special Operations
This is a great site with a lot of useful links
Joint Special Operations University
Navy SEALs Recruiting page
Special Operations Command Europe (SOCEUR)
Special Operations Command Joint Forces Command
Special Operations Command South (SOCSOUTH)
United States Special Operations Command
Journal of Special Operations Medicine
Joint Special Operations University
Special Operations Forces: Force Structure and Readiness Issues
GAO report GAO/NSIAD-94-105
Special Operations Forces Posture Statement 2003-2004
Special Operations Forces Posture Statement 2000
Special Operations Forces Posture Statement 1998
Special Operations Forces: Opportunities to Preclude Overuse and Misuse
GAO report GAO/NSIAD-97-85
Special Operations Forces Reference Manual
Special Operations in U.S. Strategy
by Frank R. Barnett
An Indirect Approach to Warfare: Attacking An Enemy's Moral Forces
U.S. Army Special Operations in World War II
U.S. Army Special Warfare: Its Origins: Psychological And Unconventional Warfare, 1941-1952
Vietnam Studies: U.S. Army Special Forces: 1961-1971
JP 3-05, Doctrine for Joint Special Operations
Instruments of Statecraft: U.S. Guerrilla Warfare, Counterinsurgency, and Counterterrorism, 1940-1990
Special Forces Net
Special Forces Search Engine
Special Warfare Links
See our Public Opinion page.