Fighting the War on Terror: A Counterinsurgency Strategy

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How to Win the War on Terror

“It’s time for blunt talk and equally blunt advice. There are serious problems within the U.S. military, especially regarding the U.S. strategy for the Global War on Terror. These problems need to be addressed, and addressed now.”

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Overview

How to Win the War on Terror

“It’s time for blunt talk and equally blunt advice. There are serious problems within the U.S. military, especially regarding the U.S. strategy for the Global War on Terror. These problems need to be addressed, and addressed now.”

                                                                                                            —James S. Corum, PhD

 

Dr. Corum, who teaches in the Department of Joint and Multinational Operations at the Command and General Staff College, is one of the U.S. Army’s top experts on counterinsurgency warfare. That expertise fills the pages of Fighting the War on Terror. Starting with an overview of historical insurgencies and terrorist tactics, and focusing on the current state of the world, Corum draws out the lessons that need to be learned from the victories and defeats of both sides. From spending more on training and less on weapons, to revamping the intelligence community, to the use of media campaigns to counter extremist propaganda, Corum lays out a plan for winning this unavoidable and essential struggle.

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Military Review, May/June 2007
“This fine book is easy to read, and I enthusiastically recommend it to Military Review’s readers and to anyone who has read or is consider­ing reading Thomas Hammes’s Sling and the Stone. Because of its outstanding historical perspective, Fighting the War on Terror can be read alone, as a complement to Hammes, or as a foundation for secondary read­ings – it’s that good.”
                                                                                                                                  

Midwest Book Review, May 2007

“Dr. Corum is one of the Army’s top experts on counterinsurgency warfare, and it’s this background which packs Fighting the War on Terror."

USNI Proceedings, July 2007

“[Corum] pulls no punches … From well-known to obscure efforts, his historical analysis of counterinsurgencies and the role of key elements or lessons in his analysis is a major strength of the book … The author’s strong arguments and the extensive historical analysis he provides make for an excellent read. Readers may not agree with all of his points and recommendations but will have to admit that he provides compelling arguments on what is crucial in developing a truly effective COIN capability and strategy. Innovative thinking, adaptation, and strong leadership are important skills required to meet today’s challenges in the military and with all partners in this war. Fighting the War on Terror reinforces the requirement of these key skills.”

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780760328682
  • Publisher: MBI Publishing Company
  • Publication date: 2/15/2007
  • Edition description: First
  • Pages: 304
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.75 (d)

Meet the Author

James S. Corum, PhD, is an associate professor at the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College in the Department of Joint and Multinational Operations at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. He was recently a visiting fellow at Oxford University’s All Souls College. While serving as a professor at the Air University, Corum developed and taught the course Terrorism and Small Wars. He is a member of the editorial boards of the Journal of Strategic Studies and Airpower Journal and the author of four books. A Lieutenant Colonel, Corum recently retired from the U.S. Army Reserve after six years of active duty and twenty-two years of reserve service, including duty in Iraq in 2004.

 

Sir Michael Eliot Howard, OM, CH, CBE, MC, is a noted author and researcher, and formerly Chichele Professor of the History of War and Regius Professor of Modern History at Oxford University. He won a Military Cross at Salerno and after the war he helped found the Department of War Studies and the Liddell Hart Centre for Military Archives at King's College London. He is currently president emeritus of the International Institute for Strategic Studies, which he also helped to establish, and a fellow of the British Academy. Sir Michael was knighted in 1986 and was appointed to the Order of the Companions of Honour in 2002 and the Order of Merit in 2005.

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Table of Contents

Contents

Foreword by Sir Michael Howard

Chapter 1: Contemporary Insurgency and Terrorism

Chapter 2: America’s “New Way of War”: Unfulfilled Promises

Chapter 3: Controlling Populations: A Tricky but Not Impossible Art

Chapter 4: Intelligence: How to Reform a Dysfunctional Culture

Chapter 5: Winning Hearts and Minds: The Media and Counterinsurgency

Chapter 6: Training Local Forces

Chapter 7: The Way Ahead for America and the West

Notes

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 28, 2007

    Brilliant!

    Dr. Corum's extensive research and experience bring true credibility to this book. Every politician needs to read this to fully understand what it takes to be successful in any counterinsurgency. He uses relevant historical comparisons and not only identifies the shortfalls and mistakes of US military policy both past and present but provides solutions and recommendations. A must read!

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