Understanding Counterinsurgency: Doctrine, operations, and challenges

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"This textbook offers an accessible introduction to counterinsurgency operations, a key aspect of modern warfare." "Feature essays by some of the world's leading experts on unconventional conflict, both scholars and practitioners, the book discusses how modern regular armed forces react, and should react, to irregular warfare. The volume is divided into three main sections:" "-Doctrinal origins: analyzing the intellectual and historical roots of modern Western theory and practice;" "-Operational aspects: examining the specific role of various military services in counterinsurgency, but also special forces, intelligence, and local security forces" "-Challenges: looking at wider issues, such as governance, culture, ethics, civil-military cooperation, information operations, and time." "Understanding Counterinsurgency is the first comprehensive textbook on counterinsurgency, and will be essential reading for all students of small wars, counterinsurgency and counterterrorism, strategic studies, and security studies, in both graduate and undergraduate courses, as well as in professional military schools." "Thomas Rid is a visiting scholar at the Shalem Center in Jerusalem, and a non-resident fellow at the Center for Transatlantic Relations in the School for Advanced International Studies, Johns Hopkins University." Thomas Keaney, Colonel USAF (Retd), is associate director of strategic studies at the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415777643
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 6/22/2010
  • Pages: 280
  • Product dimensions: 0.67 (w) x 0.97 (h) x 2.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Thomas Rid is a visiting scholar at th Shalem Center in Jerusalem and a non-resident fellow at the Center for Transatlantic Relations in the School for Advanced International Studies, Johns Hopkins University.

Thomas Keaney, Colonel, USAF (Ret.), is Associate Director of Strategic Studies at the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies.

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Table of Contents

Notes on contributors


List of abbreviations

1 Understanding counterinsurgency 1

Part I Doctrine Thomas Rid Rid, Thomas 9

2 France Thomas Rid Rid, Thomas 11

3 Britain Etienne De Durand De Durand, Etienne 28

4 Germany Alexander Alderson Alderson, Alexander 46

5 United States Timo Noetzel Noetzel, Timo 59

Part II Operational Aspects Conrad Crane Crane, Conrad 73

6 Army Conrad Crane Crane, Conrad 75

7 Marine Corps Peter Mansoor Mansoor, Peter 87

8 Airpower Frank Hoffman Hoffman, Frank 100

9 Naval Support Charles J. Dunlap, Jr Dunlap, Charles J., Jr 114

10 Special Forces Martin N. Murphy Murphy, Martin N. 128

11 Intelligence Kalev I. Sepp Sepp, Kalev I. 141

12 Local Security Forces David Kilcullen Kilcullen, David 160

Part III Challenges John Nagl Nagl, John 171

13 Governance John Nagl Nagl, John 173

14 Culture Nadia Schadlow Schadlow, Nadia 189

15 Ethics Montgomery Mcfate Mcfate, Montgomery 205

16 Information Operations Sarah Sewall Sewall, Sarah 216

17 Civil-Military Integration Andrew Exum Exum, Andrew 230

18 Time Matthew Irvine Irvine, Matthew 242

19 Counterinsurgency In Context Austin Long Long, Austin 255

Suggested Further Reading Thomas Keaney Keaney, Thomas 261

Index Thomas Keaney Keaney, Thomas 267

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