Operational Studies is an academic studies group with real-world operational research capabilities. OS staff and advisors have been referred to as “researchers in combat boots” because of their willingness to work in hostile environments and war zones. Where many academic institutions are studying longterm strategic issues, Operational Studies is working at the tactical and operational levels seeking solutions to immediate and pressing problems.
OS military studies are currently focused on conflict and post-conflict military and security operations, counter insurgency, force protection, security sector reform, and several aspects of special operations training. OS law enforcement studies are focused on homeland and maritime security, counter terrorism, hostage rescue, tactical operations, and modern LE training methodology.
Operational Studies is currently involved in a number of studies related to on-going operations in Iraq and Afghanistan and has supported STTU staff with lecture materials delivered to audiences at the Department of Defense, various academic institutions, and reconstruction symposiums.
The Specialized Tactical Training Unit is the training branch of Operational Studies. Founded in 1981, STTU has earned a reputation for progressive, effective, reality-based training. However, what separates STTU from other training groups is an uncompromising drive to keep the in-house training materials current and on the cutting edge.
Operational Studies and STTU have produced and published several training texts specifically targeted at the military and LE communities. These are designed to compliment STTU training & advisory programs but also serve as excellent stand-alone texts. OS currently has several additional titles in the works focused on lessons learned in Iraq and Afghanistan.