Shawn Woodford

Shawn Robert Woodford, PhD, was a senior historian with the U.S. government from 2006 to 2015. He is currently associated with The Dupuy Institute.

How many troops are needed to defeat an insurgency? This deceptively innocuous question is laden with political and military peril. The answer is, of course, that it depends.

"America’s Modern Wars: Understanding Iraq, Afghanistan, and Vietnam" (Casemate, 2015, 376 pages, $32.95) by Christopher A. Lawrence.