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Elite Warriors: Special Operations Forces From Around The World
Matthew Bodner on CAST's book about special operations forces

CAST's new book about special operations forces is out

CAST's new book about special operations forces is out

Elite Warriors: Special Operations Forces From Around the World (edited by Ruslan Pukhov and Christopher Marsh) is the latest book from the Centre for Analysis of Strategies and Technologies (CAST), a Moscow-based think tank focused on military and security issues. Presenting a collection of essays by leading military and security analysts, Elite Warriors offers a detailed assessment of the organization and capabilities of a selection of special operations forces from around the world. Including countries such as China, Iran, Israel, Jordan, Poland, Russia, Turkey, and Ukraine, Elite Warriors gives a comprehensive breakdown of the current composition, roles and chain of command of the various types of elite forces within each country. Also included are details concerning personnel recruitment and training, weapons and gear, brief histories and select combat records. Elite Warriors is an ideal reference for anyone interested in the unique role that these special forces play in their respective countries.

Full list of countries featured in Elite Warriors:

  • Algeria
  • China
  • Colombia
  • France
  • Germany
  • Iran
  • Israel
  • Italy
  • Jordan
  • Poland
  • Russia
  • Singapore
  • Turkey
  • Ukraine

Ruslan Pukhov is the cofounder and director of the Centre for Analysis of Strategies and Technologies (CAST), a private Moscow-based think tank, founded in 1997. Pukhov graduated from the Moscow State Institute of International Relations (MGIMO) in 1996 and attended the French-Russian Master d’Etudes Internationales Sciences Po as a postgraduate student in 1996-1997, while serving as a researcher for the Conventional Arms Project (PIR Center). Pukhov has been a member of the Public Advisory Board of the Russian Defense Ministry since 2007.

Christopher Marsh is a Professor of National Security and Strategic Studies at the School of Advanced Military Studies (SAMS), US Army Command and General Staff College, Fort Leavenworth. He teaches courses on the topics of operational art, counterinsurgency, international security and strategy, and morality and war. Previously Marsh taught international terrorism and irregular warfare at the US Air Force Special Operations School, Hurlburt Field. And prior to that he was a full professor of political science (with tenure) at Baylor University. Marsh is the president of the Special Operations Research Association (SORA) and editor of its professional journal, Special Operations Journal (

Order the book online (with a pre-publishing discount till June 15).

Date: 30.05.2017