Reference Materials

Click for reference materials dealing specifically with military Special Operations and counterinsurgency activities.

Included here:

1. Print Materials

2. Electronic References

1. Print Materials

Beaumont, Roger. Special Operations and Elite Units, 1939-1988: A Research Guide. Westport, CT: Greenwood, 1988.

From publisher: "Beaumont provides the most comprehensive survey available of modern special operations literature. His wide-ranging introduction sets the subject in its historical, typological, and national contexts, offering an illuminating overview of the use of special operations and elite units from World War II to the present. The bibliographic entries describe a broad sampling of materials."

Blanko, Richard L., comp. The War of the American Revolution: A Selected Annotated Bibliography of Published Sources. New York: Garland, 1984.

Petersen notes that this work includes a "[s]ection on espionage and propaganda."

Blewett, Daniel K. American Military History: A Guide to Reference and Information Sources. Englewood, CO: Libraries Unlimited, 1995.

Surveillant 4.4/5 says that this work is "[n]ot exhaustive, but ... includes separate chapters on terrorism, intelligence, espionage, and arms control and disarmament, making this dictionary [sic] worth a look" by readers interested in intelligence issues.

Burns, Richard D., and Milton Leitenberg. The Wars in Vietnam, Cambodia, and Laos, 1945-1982: A Bibliographic Guide. Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-Clio, 1984.

Cornog, Douglas. Unconventional Warfare: A Bibliography of Bibliographies. Washington. DC: GPO, 1964. [Petersen]

Crouch, Thomas W. An Annotated Bibliography on Low Intensity Conflict Taken from the Joint Low-Intensity Conflict Final Report of 1 August 1986. 2 vols. Langley AFB, VA: Army-Air Force Center for Low Intensity Conflict, 1987. [Petersen]

Greenwood, John. American Defense Policy Since 1945: A Preliminary Bibliography. Lawrence, KS: University of Kansas Press, 1973.

House, Jonathan M. Military Intelligence, 1870-1991: A Research Guide. Westport, CT: Greenwood, 1993.

Bates, NIPQ 10.3, notes that this is an "annotated bibliography" with "882 entries from some 750 authors" There are "some omissions ... and some misspellings... [b]ut, all in all, a commendable effort." For Kruh, Cryptologia 19.1, an "author index and subject index make it easy to locate information quickly in this valuable guide."

Kinnell, Susan K. Military History of the United States: An Annotated Bibliography. Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO, 1986.

Petersen finds "numerous intelligence entries" in this bibliography.

Metz, Steven. The Literature of Low-Intensity Conflict: A Selected Bibliography and Suggestions for Future Research. Langley AFB, VA: Army-Navy-Air Force Center for Low Intensity Conflict, 1988. [Petersen]

Polmar, Norman, Mark Warren, and Eric Wertheim. Dictionary of Military Abbreviations. Annapolis, MD: Naval Institute Press, 1994.

Kruh, Cryptologia 19.1, comments that this dictionary "will benefit anyone bewildered by the widespread use of acronyms in military ... publications."

Powe, Marc B. "The History of American Military Intelligence: A Review of Selected Literature." Military Affairs 39 (Oct. 1975): 142-145.

Shrader, Charles R., ed. Reference Guide to United States Military History 1919-1945. New York: Facts On File, 1994. []

Smith, Myron J., Jr. Air War Bibliography 1939-1945: A Guide to Sources in English. 5 vols. Manhattan, KS: USAF Historical Foundation, Military Affairs/Aerospace Historian Publishing, 1976. [Petersen

Smith, Myron J., Jr., ed. Pearl Harbor, 1941: A Bibliography. Westport, CT: Greenwood, 1991.

According to Sexton, this is an "exhaustive annotated bibliography of over 1,500 citations, including MAGIC and other intelligence-related sources."


2. Electronic References

Air University Library. Air University Library Index to Military Periodicals. Maxwell Air Force Base, AL: [regular updates]. []

Petersen: "Essential for locating intelligence articles."

Defense Intelligence Agency:

Worth a quick read: "DIA: A Brief History -- 35 Years."

Jensen, Richard. "Web Sources for Military History." February 2012.

Cohen, FA 80.6 (Nov.-Dec. 2001), calls this site "a handy directory ... that offers remarkably complete coverage."

Loyola Home Page on Strategic Intelligence:

This is a well-organized site, with a substantial library of links.

National Military Intelligence Association:

Includes index to past issues of the American Intelligence Journal.

Seymour, Janet L., comp. Deception in Warfare. Maxwell AFB, AL: Air University, 1996. []

This Web-based bibliography includes materials by type of publication (Books, Documents, and Periodicals) under the following topics: General Information; Operational Deception; Tactical Deception (General, Camouflage, Decoys, Electronic Deception; and Stealth Concept); Historical Examples (World War I, World War II, Ultra/Enigma and Magic/Purple, Vietnamese Conflict, Persian Gulf War [Desert Storm]; Other Conflicts [Miscellaneous]); and Soviet/Russian Deception.

U.S. Army Military History Institute:

Includes reference bibliographies in subject categories across a wide range of military and military-related activities and periods.

U.S. Department of Defense. DOD Dictionary of Military and Associated Terms. Joint Publication 1-02. 8 Nov. 2010, amended through 15 Apr. 2012. On Web at:

Contains terms, acronyms and abbreviations.

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