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"The Defense of Jisr al-Doreaa" 7th Dream Call for Authors

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SWJ (@smallwars) is working with Michael Burgoyne @mburgoyne and Jim Marckwardt on a project to celebrate the 10th anniversary of The Defense of Jisr al-Doreaa ( We’re looking for authors to write a 7th Dream that reflects on COIN lessons learned over the last ten years.




About the Book


The Defense of Jisr Al Doreaa is a short fictional novella to give cadets, lieutenants and junior leaders an understanding of the application of counter-insurgency fundamentals.


With high operational tempo and a steep learning curve, young officers are challenged to learn a great deal quickly. This short and simple book, modeled after the military classic The Defense of Duffer's Drift, provides a fictional look at the difficulties associated with modern counter-insurgency.


As the protagonist struggles with the effects produced by his actions the reader is able to benefit from the lessons learned and internalize them. While thick works of doctrine can be intimidating, this book provides an effective starting point for junior leaders seeking to master counter-insurgency warfare.

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