Next COIN Manual Tries to Take Commanders Beyond Iraq, Afghanistan by Seth Robson, Stars and Stripes
Lessons learned the hard way in Afghanistan and Iraq are part of a new U.S. Army and Marine Corps’ counterinsurgency field manual that emphasizes how to prevent insurgencies as well as fight them.
Due for release next month, the document updates a 2006 version of the manual developed by David Petraeus, retired Army general and former commander of U.S. forces in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Unlike the old manual, which laid out the tactics that Petraeus implemented with some success in Iraq, the new one will give soldiers COIN tools that can be used anywhere in the world, according to Clint Ancker, director of the Combined Arms Doctrine Directorate at Fort Leavenworth, Kan.
“The previous manual had a lot about tribal politics,” he said. “This takes a much broader approach.”
The new manual is focused on future insurgencies, Ancker said…