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BOOK REVIEWS narrower—yet still broad—topical areas. The papers were primarily written by U.S. Military Academy faculty for the 2011 Student Conference on U.S. Affairs. The conference is an annual four-day event focused on U.S. foreign policy, hosted at the academy. It brings together faculty and undergraduates from universities across the United States and foreign universities, as well as policymakers from around the world. The first six papers examine domestic issues in foreign policy. The second six papers examine regional dynamics in foreign policy. The final six papers consider how to turn global challenges into foreign policy opportunities. In thought-provoking fashion, the papers within the first section address a myriad of domestic issues that influence, if not drive, U.S. foreign policy. Consider the challenges and opportunities in developing and coordinating whole-of-government approaches to foreign policy issues within the current domestic political environment. How does the evolution of education in the United States influence foreign policy? Does the average citizen give thought to how civil-military relations in the United States affect foreign policy? How do these, and other domestic issues, influence domestic policies as we strive to protect national interests? The second section of the book focuses on regions of the globe beyond U.S. boundaries. Issues are pursued relating to China as a competitor and partner and to the continually changing politics of the Middle East, as relationships with allies shift in accordance with their strategic interests. The authors consider how the European economic crisis, the European Union, and the future of NATO affect foreign policy. What does the recent United States policy shift toward the African continent portend with its myriad of foreign policy challenges and opportunities? What roles do North, Central, and South America play as producers and consumers of drugs, and what are the challenges to sovereignty that accompany drug production and consumption? The final section of the book addresses the potential for turning global challenges into foreign-policy opportunities. How does the United States govern the electronic commons—the open-access resource that is the Internet? Are there opportunities within the challenges of controlling the proliferation of nuclear, biological, MILITARY REVIEW  March-April 2016 and chemical weapons with the myriad of state and nonstate actors? What is the correct mix of trade protectionism versus trade liberalism for the United States to maintain a leading position in the global economy? The writers consider the challenges of resource extraction, production, and movement to market and the environmental concerns associated with each step in the process. Other minerals besides oil have strategic implications for nations; for example, phosphate rock is essential for global fertilizer production. This resource clearly has global implications for a human population projected by some to reach around eleven billion by the end of this century. Thinking Beyond Boundaries represents an opportunity for the reader to delve deeply into the complex issues facing U.S. leadership striving to protect current strategic interests, identify new interests arising from changing global situations, assist current allies, and sway possible future allies. This book is an excellent read, guaranteed to adjust most reader’s views on contemporary topics of concern. Lt. Col. Kevin Lee Watson, U.S. Army, Retired, Fort Belvoir, Virginia ALWAYS FAITHFUL, ALWAYS FORWARD: The Forging of a Special Operations Marine Dick Couch, Berkley Books, New York, 2014, 352 pages F or those familiar with Dick Couch’s writing, the subject of his most recent work, Always Faithful, Always Forward, will not come as a surprise. In it, Couch follows the path of Class 1-13 on their journey to become critical skills operators (CSOs) and special operations officers in U.S. Marine Corps Forces Special Operations Command (MARSOC, or Raiders). Couch’s previous works in this field have followed the paths of similarly hopeful Army Rangers and Green Berets, and Navy SEALs (Sea, Air, and Land teams), among others. However, the most noticeable difference in Always Faithful, Always Forward is not the discrepancies between training in the various branches, but the newness and still-nebulous nature of MARSOC within the larger special operations forces (SOF) community. 135