Beyond Guns and Steel: A War Termination Strategy

Beyond Guns and Steel: A War Termination Strategy

by DominicJ. Caraccilo
     
 

This work is a doctrinal examination of war termination strategy and conflict resolution as a dependent pair, requiring a plan to achieve both in unison in advance of a fight.

• Examples taken from the current conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan, along with models of war termination successes and failures to enhance the understanding of scenarios for possible

Overview

This work is a doctrinal examination of war termination strategy and conflict resolution as a dependent pair, requiring a plan to achieve both in unison in advance of a fight.

• Examples taken from the current conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan, along with models of war termination successes and failures to enhance the understanding of scenarios for possible resolution

• A full array of definitions offering clarity for the reader seeking to grasp the book's methodology for war termination

• Primary source documentation related to the author's seven combat deployments to the Middle East and over five years of personal involvement in combat and its aftermath.

• Vignettes from history dating from the Revolutionary War to the recent wars in Afghanistan and Iraq

• Sidebars offering relevant charts, graphs, and newspaper articles

• Examples of conflict resolution to enhance an understanding of war termination outcomes

• Firsthand accounts from various military officers in the form of Staff College manuscripts

• A robust listing of books, interviews, documents, and articles on war termination and conflict resolution theories

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"This book is one of the very best starting points for any serious student of the art of conflict resolution, and it deserves—and will no doubt receive—a place in the curricula of the U.S. military's senior service schools for years to come." - Military Review

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780313391491
Publisher:
ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
Publication date:
01/19/2011
Series:
Praeger Security International Series
Pages:
219
Product dimensions:
6.30(w) x 9.40(h) x 1.10(d)

What People are saying about this

Bing West

"At last, a true war-fighter has described how to end what is called 'irregular war'. Academics have their view; a brigade commander offers ground truth. Carraclio is the real deal, not a theoretician."

Bing West, Author, The Wrong War: Grit, Strategy and the Way Out of Afghanistan

Kenneth M. Pollack

"Dom Caraccilo has written a smart, sober book on a topic that is too often overlooked in American policy-war termination, defining the end-state the United States seeks from any military operation and then employing the right tools and the right strategy to bring about that end. At this moment, the United States is struggling in both Afghanistan and Iraq because the Bush Administration failed to define realistic end-states and develop strategies to avhieve them, and the Obama Administration has so far mandated exits for both without developing exit strategies for either. Let us hope that our nation's leaders will contemplate the wisdom of Caraccilo's work and allow us to depart those conflicts better than we entered into them."

Kenneth M. Pollack, author of A Path Out of the Desert: A Grand Strategy

for America in the Middle East

Bing West
"At last, a true war-fighter has described how to end what is called 'irregular war'. Academics have their view; a brigade commander offers ground truth. Caraccilo is the real deal, not a theoretician."
Kenneth M. Pollack
"Dom Caraccilo has written a smart, sober book on a topic that is too often overlooked in American policy-war termination, defining the end-state the United States seeks from any military operation and then employing the right tools and the right strategy to bring about that end. At this moment, the United States is struggling in both Afghanistan and Iraq because the Bush Administration failed to define realistic end-states and develop strategies to achieve them, and the Obama Administration has so far mandated exits for both without developing exit strategies for either. Let us hope that our nation's leaders will contemplate the wisdom of Caraccilo's work and allow us to depart those conflicts better than we entered into them."
Linda Robinson
"COL Dominic Caraccilo, author and five-time combat veteran, puts his considerable intellectual powers to work on what I consider THE remaining challenge for counterinsurgency theorists: how are these messy political wars brought to an end? Caraccilo, offers some clear thinking about war termination strategies. This is a concise and extremely timely book for those interested in how to achieve the best possible exit from Afghanistan."
Peter R. Mansoor
"Beyond Guns and Steel should be required reading in our nation's war colleges and in the corridors of power in Washington. Colonel Caraccilo offers doctrine and tools to ensure that preparation for war termination and conflict resolution are integrated into war planning from the beginning, and not just tacked on as an afterthought. His salient point – that the achievement of political ends and not military victory should drive war planning – is right on the mark, but all too often ignored by shortsighted policy-makers and military leaders. Had the Bush administration thought in these terms after 9/11, the history of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan would be far different."

Greg Jaffe

"Caraccilo, one of the Army's savviest and most experienced battlefield commanders, brings together theory and hard-won lessons from Iraq and Afghanistan in this book. The result is an important contribution to a topic that the U.S. foreign policy establishment has given far too little thought over the last decade. Caraccilo avoids easy answers and provides a framework that will compel commanders and policy makers to ponder the really hard questions before they put U.S. forces in harm's way."

Greg Jaffe, co-author of "The Fourth Star" and Pentagon correspondent, The Washington Post

Linda Robinson

"COL Dominic Caraccilo, author and five-time combat veteran, puts his considerable intellectual powers to work on what I consider THE remaining challenge for counterinsurgency theorists: how are these messy political wars brought to an end? Caraccilo, offers some clear thinking about war termination strategies. This is a concise and extremely timely book for those interested in how to achieve the best possible exit from Afghanistan."

Linda Robinson, Author, Tell Me How This Ends: Gen. David Petraeus and the Search for a Way Out of Iraq

Greg Jaffe
"Caraccilo, one of the Army's savviest and most experienced battlefield commanders, brings together theory and hard-won lessons from Iraq and Afghanistan in this book. The result is an important contribution to a topic that the U.S. foreign policy establishment has given far too little thought over the last decade. Caraccilo avoids easy answers and provides a framework that will compel commanders and policy makers to ponder the really hard questions before they put U.S. forces in harm's way."

Peter R. Mansoor

"Beyond Guns and Steel should be required reading in our nation's war colleges and in the corridors of power in Washington. Colonel Caraccilo offers doctrine and tools to ensure that preparation for war termination and conflict resolution are integrated into war planning from the beginning, and not just tacked on as an afterthought. His salient point – that the achievement of political ends and not military victory should drive war planning – is right on the mark, but all too often ignored by shortsighted policy-makers and military leaders. Had the Bush administration thought in these terms after 9/11, the history of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan would be far different."

Peter R. Mansoor, Colonel, USA (Ret.), author of Baghdad at Sunrise: A Brigade Commander's War in Iraq

Meet the Author

Colonel Dominic J. Caraccilo is an active duty army officer with over 26 years of service commanding at the company, battalion, and brigade levels in combat in Iraq.

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