counterinsurgency

Journal Article | August 27, 2013 03:35 AM | Comments(0)

We Americans tend to invent for ourselves a comfortable U.S.-centric vision with an enemy who looks and acts more or less as we do, and a situation in which the fighting is done by conventional...

Journal Article | August 26, 2013 12:46 PM | Comments(1)

This SWJ article compares the British handling of the Malayan Emergency (1948-1960) with that of the French in Algeria (1954-1962).

Journal Article | July 5, 2013 02:30 AM | Comments(2)

Avoid the Charlie Wilson complex: guilt over the cries of ‘abandoning Afghanistan’ and deciding not to spend billions more of taxpayer’s money on a hop-scotch of social...

Journal Article | July 1, 2013 02:30 AM | Comments(0)

As Iraq appears to unravel, it is only right to continue the debate about counterinsurgency, the appropriate application of landpower, and  the expanding role of Special Operations in the US...

Journal Article | June 18, 2013 02:30 AM | Comments(4)

Counterinsurgency is often a small-unit battle, with company-sized elements requiring organic intelligence capabilities to leverage information into tactical success.

Journal Article | June 18, 2013 03:30 AM | Comments(4)

Beware the lure of "credibility."

Journal Article | June 13, 2013 02:30 AM | Comments(0)

The Eid statements demonstrate an increasing sophistication in strategic messaging and understanding of international politics.

Journal Article | June 7, 2013 02:30 AM | Comments(1)

In civil wars like Syria’s, strength is not necessarily a product of popularity; often strength actually produces popularity because compliance is more important than winning hearts and minds.

Journal Article | May 31, 2013 02:30 AM | Comments(0)

The outcome of the fighting in this part of the country will greatly influence the outcome of the whole conflict.

Journal Article | May 30, 2013 02:30 AM | Comments(2)

Some of the major “lessons learned” by ISAF while conducting Counterinsurgency and Stability Operations in Afghanistan

Journal Article | May 22, 2013 02:30 AM | Comments(20)

The Army has an unfortunate tradition of considering insurgent conflict a sideshow effort and relegating the study of insurgencies to the fringes of military science. The Philippines campaign is a...

Journal Article | May 20, 2013 02:30 AM | Comments(2)

The failure to understand and appreciate the religious dimension of political action is not without consequence.

Journal Article | May 10, 2013 02:30 AM | Comments(11)

Cann’s book is very much a must read, especially considering the painfully limited Anglophone literature on the Portuguese Overseas War.

Journal Article | April 30, 2013 02:30 AM | Comments(1)

Bringing time into the assessment of counterinsurgency warfare.

Journal Article | April 26, 2013 02:25 AM | Comments(7)

If we ignore village life – or try to bend it to our view of what it should be – we will fail in Afghanistan as we did in Vietnam.

Journal Article | April 24, 2013 02:25 AM | Comments(1)

Ten easy to follow recommendations to help you become an effective military advisor.

Journal Article | April 23, 2013 02:30 AM | Comments(0)

Unlike a certain mathematical solution counterinsurgency is a laden with human error and complexity.

Journal Article | April 22, 2013 02:30 AM | Comments(0)

Interoperability is a function of leadership, hardship, and time. To quickly achieve it, focus on individual personalities, understand that everyone has value, and exercise mission command.

Journal Article | April 19, 2013 02:30 AM | Comments(5)

Good stories trump doctrine for effecting cultural change because they reach us emotionally; they inspire.  Consider America's first battle and what we can glean its many relevant...

Journal Article | April 18, 2013 02:30 AM | Comments(33)

An interview with MIT Professor Roger D. Petersen.

Journal Article | April 17, 2013 02:30 AM | Comments(9)

Understanding the correlation between an insurgency’s goals and their IED design is crucial to defending against the devices and forecasting IED threats.

Journal Article | April 16, 2013 02:30 AM | Comments(1)

Guerilla warfare is not an “Eastern Way of War,” it is the universal war of the weak.

Journal Article | April 12, 2013 09:04 AM | Comments(5)

The issue of the reach of the state needs to be put into a wider focus by including women and gender issues as part of the narrative.

Journal Article | April 11, 2013 02:30 AM | Comments(2)

One consistently wrong—but always convenient—prediction has been the improbability of ground wars and the declining utility of ground forces.

Journal Article | April 9, 2013 02:30 AM | Comments(26)

The “U.S. in the Lead” COIN approach usually fails where security force assistance could succeed.