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04-28-2008, 09:20 PM
The Counterinsurgency Cliff Notes (http://smallwarsjournal.com/mag/2008/04/the-counterinsurgency-cliff-no.php)
Techniques for the Conventional Rifle Platoon, in Laymanís Terms
by CPT Craig Coppock, Small Wars Journal

Download interim version of article as PDF (http://smallwarsjournal.com/mag/docs-temp/54-coppock.pdf)

There are many books, manuals, and articles that define strategies and principles for counterinsurgency (COIN) success. No one author is completely right and no one is completely wrong; they all have great information and tools to add to your arsenal. This document is not a complete lesson on counterinsurgency theory and strategy, but is rather a collection of counter-insurgent and counter-guerrilla techniques that the author believes are relevant to the current fight in Iraq. This paper is written with an intended primary audience of Rifleman through Platoon Leader, though the information is applicable to company-level leadership as well. Remember that these are only techniques learned by one Infantry platoon in a specific place (central Iraq) at a specific time (June í06 to Sept í07). The decision to adopt and implement these techniques is entirely yours. However, using techniques specifically aimed at counter-insurgency and counter-guerilla warfare is critical to supporting your Commanderís greater strategy. While it is true that every AO is different, the overarching COIN principles will apply anywhere. You just have to figure out the finer tactical means of employing them; and that is where this paper will help you out...