Pamphlet: COIN and Irregular Warfare in a Tribal Society

The COIN and Irregular Warfare in Tribal Society Pamphlet is designed to assist staff officers, non-commissioned officers, soldiers and Marines in conducting counterinsurgency and irregular warfare operations in a tribal society.

This pamphlet provides a general overview of tribal society and behavior to gain an appreciation of the cultural operating environment. The pamphlet is based on the premise that the key component of COIN and irregular warfare is to effectively communicate intent within the cultural frame of reference of the target audience.

Recommendations for improvements to this pamphlet are encouraged from commands as well as individuals.

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When talking about people who helped me prepare the most for conducting tribal engagement in Afghanistan - Mac McCallister is at the top of the list. In regards to "COIN and Irregular Warfare In Tribal Society" there has yet to be anything written that is a better guide for operating in the tribal areas in Afghanistan.

Salute to you Mac!

Jim Gant