Bing West

Bing West served as Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Affairs in the Reagan administration. A graduate of Georgetown and Princeton Universities, he served in the Marine infantry. He was a member of the Force Recon team that initiated attacks behind North Vietnamese lines.

He wrote the counterinsurgency classic, The Village, that has been on the Commandant's Reading List for 40 years. His books have won the Marine Corps Heritage Prize, the Colby Award for Military History, the VFW Media Award and the General Goodpaster Soldier-scholar Award. He has been on hundreds of patrols and operations throughout Vietnam, Iraq and Afghanistan. Bing is a member of St. Crispin's Order of the Infantry and the Council on Foreign Relations.

Bing West argues that COIN as nation-building should not be a military mission at World Politics Review.

Abandoning COIN would doom the U.S. military to irrelevance and impotence, write Christopher Sims and Fernando Luján. Not so, says Bing West; the U.S. will be much less ambitious in future...

In the holiday spirit, Washington Post columnist Richard Cohen wrote that the Commandant of the Marine Corps "is one step short of being a bigot."* Cohen, who strongly supports homosexuals in the...

Korengal Valley Observations by Bing West Download the full article: Korengal Valley Observations In 2007, Alissa Rubin of The New York Times described a "new counterinsurgency doctrine" that...

From Tal Afar to Marja: Applying Counterinsurgency to Local Conditions by Bing West Download the full article: Applying Counterinsurgency to Local Conditions The seizure of Marja in Helmand Province...

In response to e-mails referencing the fighting cited in my Afghanistan trip report at SWJ and Westwrite, here is a video of three firefights. They illustrate why adding more US troops is separate...