Assessing Revolutionary And Insurgent Strategies (ARIS) Studies
The Assessing Revolutionary and Insurgent Strategies (ARIS) project consists of research and case studies conducted for the US Army Special Operations Command (USASOC) by the National Security Analysis Department of The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory. It produces academically rigorous and operationally relevant research to develop and illustrate a common understanding of insurgency and revolution. ARIS is intended to form a foundation of knowledge for USASOC personnel, as well as to enable the development of future doctrine, professional education, and training.
The ARIS project is modeled on the research conducted by the Special Operations Research Office (SORO) of American University in the 1950s and 1960s. ARIS continues the work of SORO by adding new research to that body of work, republishing original SORO studies, and releasing updated editions of selected SORO studies.
Special Operations Research Office (SORO) Case Studies
The Special Operations Research Office (SORO) was established at The American University to conduct non-materiel research under Department of the Army auspices on the problems involved in understanding, influencing, or supporting foreign
peoples and societies.
SORO’s program was both “problem” and “country” oriented and involves three distinct types of activity. The first type. involving the largest portion of the work program, consists of social science research on problems relating to Army missions in psychological operations, unconventional warfare and counterinsurgency, military assistance, and counterinsurgency strategy and planning. The second type of activity, the U.S. Army Area Handbook program, which produced comprehensive country studies which deal with the sociological, political, economic, and military aspects of selected countries. These studies attempt to
impart a basic understanding of the fundamental patterns of a living society, but do not attempt to supply encyclopedic detail.
The third type of activity consists of rapid presentation of requested information and analysis.
Case Study in Guerrilla War: Greece during World War II (1961) COMING SOON!
Undergrounds in Insurgent, Revolutionary, and Resistance Warfare (1963) COMING SOON!
These and additional SORO documents are also available via the Defense Technical Information Center.
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