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Lessons for a Long War: How America Can Win on New Battlefields

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As the guarantor of international security, the United States must commit to a long-term military presence in Iraq and Afghanistan. But what are the tools necessary to succeed on the new battlefields of the Long War? In this volume, a group of the foremost U.S. military officials and national security experts analyze the American experience in Iraq and Afghanistan thus far in order to map a way forward—not only for the military, but for diplomats, elected officials, and the American public. Thomas Donnelly, ...
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Overview

As the guarantor of international security, the United States must commit to a long-term military presence in Iraq and Afghanistan. But what are the tools necessary to succeed on the new battlefields of the Long War? In this volume, a group of the foremost U.S. military officials and national security experts analyze the American experience in Iraq and Afghanistan thus far in order to map a way forward—not only for the military, but for diplomats, elected officials, and the American public. Thomas Donnelly, Frederick W. Kagan, and their coauthors offer several core lessons for success in The Long War. They argue that decentralizing command is the key to efficient operations on an ever-changing battlefield; that air power is the unsung hero of counterinsurgency warfare; that public opinion can influence crucial military decisions; and that the military should minimize its role in domestic affairs. Finally, although the battlefields have changed over the last fifty years, the authors contend that America's long-held counterinsurgency strategy—to foster political support at home, employ diplomacy overseas, and extend military assistance to allies—remains effective. The Long War will not soon be over. But, in the words of retired Army special forces officer Colonel Robert Killebrew, the United States already has "the tools it needs in order to prevail in the wars of the twenty-first century."
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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Since September 11 the phrase "the long war" has gradually emerged as a theoretical and practical alternative to "war on terrorism." "Long War" is defined, according to the editors of this new collection, as "an effort to create a new-- and by American standards better--political order across the Greater Middle East." Donnelly and Kagan, leading military analysts with the American Enterprise Institute, have assembled a distinguished team of contributors. Peter D. Feaver suggests a "Long War" model will temper current partisan divisions, as did the cold war. Mackubin Owens sees "Long War" as a paradigm for reducing civil-military tensions exacerbated by a focus on immediate solutions. A very persuasive Charles J. Dunlap Jr. calls for the air force to explain to government, the press, and the public why air power is both effective and necessary, despite civilian deaths. Robert Killibrew concludes the volume by calling for the army to prepare for "hybrid" insurgencies: complex synergies of terror, combat, and public relations. "Long War" is a comprehensive approach, as opposed to specific efforts to suppress specific groups, and it receives serious consideration in this policy-oriented book. (July)
Scitech Book News
Men who move frequently between military and civilian government positions, academic institutions, and various institutes, identify lessons from the US Global War on Terror and its successors. The essays were written in 2007 and 2008 as part of a larger project on US land power, but remain relevant as the Obama administration continues the war mongering of the Bush/Cheney years. They cover domestic politics and the long war; renegotiating the civil-military bargain after 9/11; centralization versus decentralization in preparing for and practicing mission command in counterinsurgency operations; the dysfunctional or dynamic Air Force and 21st-century conflicts; and strategy, counterinsurgency, and the Army.
August 2010 Scitech Book News
Men who move frequently between military and civilian government positions, academic institutions, and various institutes, identify lessons from the US Global War on Terror and its successors. The essays were written in 2007 and 2008 as part of a larger project on US land power, but remain relevant as the Obama administration continues the war mongering of the Bush/Cheney years. They cover domestic politics and the long war; renegotiating the civil-military bargain after 9/11; centralization versus decentralization in preparing for and practicing mission command in counterinsurgency operations; the dysfunctional or dynamic Air Force and 21st-century conflicts; and strategy, counterinsurgency, and the Army.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780844743295
  • Publisher: AEI American Enterprise Institute
  • Publication date: 5/16/2010
  • Pages: 180
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Thomas Donnelly is a resident fellow in defense and security policy studies at the American Enterprise Institute. He previously served as policy group director and professional staff member for the House Committee on Armed Services. Frederick W. Kagan is a resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute and director of the AEI Critical Threats Project. He was formerly associate professor of military history at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point.
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Table of Contents

INTRODUCTION, 1

What Is the "Long War"? Frederick W. Kagan Kagan, Frederick W. 1

How Did We Get into the Long War? Frederick W. Kagan Kagan, Frederick W. 4

Which Way Forward? Frederick W. Kagan Kagan, Frederick W. 7

1. DOMESTIC POLITICS AND THE LONG WAR, Frederick W. Kagan Kagan, Frederick W. 11

Public Opinion Peter D. Feaver Feaver, Peter D. 12

Partisan Politics Peter D. Feaver Feaver, Peter D. 16

The Media and the Marketplace of Ideas Peter D. Feaver Feaver, Peter D. 27

Conclusion Peter D. Feaver Feaver, Peter D. 32

2. RENEGOTIATING THE CIVIL-MILITARY BARGAIN AFTER 9/11, Peter D. Feaver Feaver, Peter D. 34

Public Acrimony Mackubin Thomas Owens Owens, Mackubin Thomas 36

Military "Pushback" Mackubin Thomas Owens Owens, Mackubin Thomas 40

The "Normal" Theory of Civil-Military Relations Mackubin Thomas Owens Owens, Mackubin Thomas 43

Civil-Military Relations and the Constraints of Service Culture Mackubin Thomas Owens Owens, Mackubin Thomas 47

The Unintended Consequences of Defense Reform Mackubin Thomas Owens Owens, Mackubin Thomas 52

The Use of the Military in Domestic Affairs Mackubin Thomas Owens Owens, Mackubin Thomas 57

Civil-Military Tensions in the Obama Administration Mackubin Thomas Owens Owens, Mackubin Thomas 61

Conclusion Mackubin Thomas Owens Owens, Mackubin Thomas 63

3. CENTRALIZATION VS. DECENTRALIZATION: PREPARING FOR AND PRACTICING MISSION COMMAND IN COUNTERINSURGENCY OPERATIONS, Mackubin Thomas Owens Owens, Mackubin Thomas 64

Theory vs. the Reality of Counterinsurgency Warfare H.R. McMaster McMaster, H. R. 65

Counterinsurgency Demands Decentralization H.R. McMaster McMaster, H. R. 69

Preparation for Decentralized Counterinsurgency Operations H.R. McMaster McMaster, H. R. 72

The Foundation for Operational Planning H.R. McMaster McMaster, H. R. 79

The Essential Elements of Operational Plans H.R. McMaster McMaster, H. R. 83

Directing Counterinsurgency Operations H.R. McMaster McMaster, H. R. 88

Conclusion H.R. McMaster McMaster, H. R. 92

4. THE AIR FORCE AND TWENTY-FIRST-CENTURY CONFLICTS: DYSFUNCTIONAL OR DYNAMIC? H.R. McMaster McMaster, H. R. 93

Air Force Culture and Leadership Development Charles J. Dunlap, Jr. Dunlap, Charles J., Jr. 96

An Airpower Renaissance? Charles J. Dunlap, Jr. Dunlap, Charles J., Jr. 104

The Civilian Casualty Conundrum Charles J. Dunlap, Jr. Dunlap, Charles J., Jr. 106

Airpower and COIN Charles J. Dunlap, Jr. Dunlap, Charles J., Jr. 108

Is Imitation Flattery or...? Charles J. Dunlap, Jr. Dunlap, Charles J., Jr. 110

The Future Charles J. Dunlap, Jr. Dunlap, Charles J., Jr. 111

5. STRATEGY, COUNTERINSURGENCY, AND THE ARMY, Charles J. Dunlap, Jr. Dunlap, Charles J., Jr. 114

Political Support for Counterinsurgency Robert Killebrew Killebrew, Robert 117

Diplomacy's Role in Counterinsurgency Robert Killebrew Killebrew, Robert 120

Military Assistance and Country Teams Robert Killebrew Killebrew, Robert 121

Fighting Insurgencies in the Twenty-First Century Robert Killebrew Killebrew, Robert 122

Recommended Strategies for Twenty-First-Century Counterinsurgency Robert Killebrew Killebrew, Robert 124

Conclusion Robert Killebrew Killebrew, Robert 132

NOTES Robert Killebrew Killebrew, Robert 135

INDEX Robert Killebrew Killebrew, Robert 159

ABOUT THE AUTHORS Robert Killebrew Killebrew, Robert 167

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