The Reading Group of the SOFREP MAFIA is made up of the MAFIA’s readers, who each month, select a book to read and discuss within the Forums. The inspiration for the Group was an old blog by Bob Schoultz, Navy SEAL Captain (ret.), where he talked about what he was reading. Given the variety and depth of each MAFIA member’s backgrounds, I thought that it would be an interesting and fun idea to start up our very own Reading Group.

How it works? Near the end of every month, MAFIA are able to nominate in the SOFREP MAFIA Reading Group thread, any book on any topic , to be read by any MAFIA who wish to participate. After an announced cut off point for nominations, a poll is generated in the same thread, where MAFIA are able to vote anonymously for a set time period. Which ever book receives the most votes is the book we read and discuss for the following month.

The Group has been going strong since the beginning of the year with great interactions between authors and MAFIA readers, as well as great contributions by MAFIA readers. Here are some examples:

Jack Murphy, author of “Target Deck, responding to a question about non-state actors collaborating against nation states:

 The idea* here is that there is actually an undeclared global insurgency, a deinstitutionalization of violence in which non-state actors seek to hollow out the state (rather than control it) in order to pursue their own criminal agendas. These groups are not monolithic by any means and do not always share an ideology aside from being insurgents. Maybe they are united by anti-Americanism, anti-Capitalism, or whatever, but it is very different than the East vs. West binding forces that we saw in the Cold War. This also leads to 4th or 5th generation warfare where the lines between soldier, policemen, and civilian have broken down, they are now all one and the same. The entire world is perpetually in some stage between war and peace…low-intensity conflict? Maybe, but the academics will argue over the definitions for fifty years after this paradigm has faded away. So these various groups may be able to collaborate and work together when facing the same pull/push pressures and by sharing the same broad objectives. They also learn from each other because of the advance of communications technology so TTP’s are disseminated faster than ever before.

I hope to write more about this in future books, I’m really glad to see the readers getting something more out of Target Deck than the simplistic messages in most books in this genre…”torture is good” “something has to be done about Iran” “Russia is evil” and that sort of thing.

*Makes reference to work of John Robb and Robert J. Bunker.

Brandon Webb describing some ‘insider gouge’ in regards to “Navy SEAL Sniper, which he wrote with the late Glen Doherty: