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This book was written as a source of information and instruction, primarily for government and contractor personnel engaged in the conduct of combat advising, tribal engagement, provincial reconstruction, social development, and conflict resolution at the tribal, foreign military/government, or other sub-cultural level. It will also be of interest to the families and friends who remain behind and find the ongoing conflicts in Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Africa and Latin America incomprehensible. They may find that this guide helps to clarify at least the intended goals, if not the methodology, that deployed personnel are supposed to be following.
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About the Author
Patrick James Christian is an Army Special Forces officer specializing in intra-state irregular warfare such as counterinsurgency and unconventional warfare. He has conducted combat advising and tribal engagement missions in Ecuador, Colombia, Sudan, Ethiopia and Iraq. He established the first Joint Special Operations Forces Training Branch at Fort Irwin’s National Training Center, and built Tribal Engagement training venues for Naval Special Warfare Squadrons, US Army Special Forces Command Battalions and Marine Special Operations Advisory Groups. He is currently assigned to the Office of the Undersecretary of Defense for Policy and is a doctoral student at George Mason University’s Institute of Conflict Analysis and Resolution. His academic credentials include a BA in International Relations and Pre-Law from the University of South Florida, and an MA in Organizational and Cross Cultural Leadership from Gonzaga University in Spokane, WA. His previous publications include "Brokering the Peace in Sudan: Special Forces Officers Tackle Unique Advisory Role in Darfur" (USAJFKSWCS Special Warfare Quarterly, March/April Edition 2006) and "Guerrillas in the Midst: SOF Advisory Teams in Southern Colombia" (Special Warfare, May/June Edition 2007). He has also written "Meeting the Irregular Warfare Challenge: Developing an Interdisciplinary Approach to Asymmetrical Warfare" (Small Wars Journal, July 2006) and co-authored "Winning Damaged Hearts and Minds: An Irregular Warfare Concept" (The McCormack Tribune, February 2009) with Brig. Gen. (Ret) David L. Grange and Scott Swanson.