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    List of Insurgencies

    I recommend Robert B. Asprey's two-volume set "War in the Shadows" from which you could outline the insurgencies (fair amount of work and it is current as of 1991). There are also good refrernces for...
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    Ken: I think insurgent warfare is here to stay....

    Ken:
    I think insurgent warfare is here to stay. We already coverted arty batteries into MPs and infantry, and being trained as an 03 commanding a company is not the same skill set required fo...
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    Mctag

    As a former Marine Officer who was involved with the first CAP at Phu Bai, and later served as an advisor (Co Van) with Tony Zinni and Joe Hoar to the Vietnamese Marines after going thru the...
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    Rwanda

    Excellent book on the topic is "A People Betrayed:Rwanda" by L.R. Melvern, a journalist who was there during the slayings.
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    Moise's Bibliography on COIN

    There is a pretty good site that has a number of excellent early (Vietnam-era) articles on the theory and practice of counterinsurgency. Forgive me if this has been posted previously.

    Moise's...
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    PMCs

    SWJED:
    I could not agree more. Most are trained for security work and have no interest or motive for prosecuting a true "hearts and minds" counterinsurgency operation that is 80% political and 20%...
  7. Thank you for the reference. There are some good...

    Thank you for the reference. There are some good tips on insurgency (400-500 Greeks against 40,000 Brits), especially the urban warfare ideas that have some applicability to Iraq.
  8. "Guerrilla Warfare" by General George Grivas

    I am looking for a copy of General George Grivas's book (in English) "Guerrilla Warfare". More important, if the content is posted somewhere (exclusive of...
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    It forms the border of Iraq, with bad guys on all...

    It forms the border of Iraq, with bad guys on all sides...
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    Iraq and Vietnam

    Wow! This could take several days of discussions. As a Marine officer who fought in Vietnam (FO, FAC with 3/4, 2/1, CAP at Phu Bai 1965-66, Advisor to the Vietnamwse Marines 1966-68, Battery...
  11. CAC Units - Phu Bai

    Attached are some pics that show what the CAC unit living consitions were like.
  12. I was a member of the first Combined Action...

    I was a member of the first Combined Action Company (later called Combined Action Platoons or CAPs, also know as the Combined Action Program) in Phu Bai when it was started in Auguest 1965. We took...
  13. Poll: Afghanistan 2006

    Interesting piece on Afghanistan from The Asia Foundation:

    Afghanistan in 2006: A Survey of the Afghan People
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    Blackwater Language and Cultural Survival Course

    Here is the Blackwater "curriculum". Sorry for the poor job of formatting on my part.

    http://www.blackwaterusa.com/email/language110106_clip_image002_0000.jpgBLACKWATERLANGUAGESCHOOL


    Learn...
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    How We May Lose and What We Might Do About It

    I am inclined to take seriously the article in the November/December 2006 issue of Foreign Affairs by Richard Haas entitled The New Middle East which describes the end of an era and the loss of...
  16. Civil War?

    Seems to be moving closer and closer to the school definition of a civil war...from the Sunday Washington Post article by Ricks
  17. The Changing Middle East

    I am inclined to take seriously the article in the November/December 2006 issue of Foreign Affairs by Richard Haas entitled The New Middle East which describes the end of an era and the loss of...
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    Poll: Iraq Index

    The latest figures can be found at the Brookings Institute publication, Iraq Index: Tracking Variables of Reconstruction & Security in Post-Saddam Iraq 2 October 2006. Very interesting statistics and...
  19. Unbiased Books

    Several good books that discuss the Marine Advisory effort, which I was priviledged to be part of, include:

    The Co-Vans: U.S. Marine Advisors in Vietnam John Grider Miller 2000

    Warriors of...
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    Language Training

    Duriong my first tour 1965-1966 working with the CAP units at Phu Bai, I picked up a 30 or so words that were just enough to make me dangerous. As part of the training for my second tour assignment...
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    One of the adavntages of CORD, which was really...

    One of the adavntages of CORD, which was really coming togther in 1968 under General Abrahms, was the whole issue of unity of command of all of the pieces (military, economic, political, NGO, CIA and...
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    Marc: I have downloaded and read the same...

    Marc:
    I have downloaded and read the same article. I think this is an academic frosting as a solution. Perhaps we should adapt some of the tactics of the French, well documented in Dave Galula's...
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    transforming Military Training

    Interesting presentation by General Petraeus at the Brookings Institure on 14 September 2006 addressing various "new" training initiatives in the Army. The title is "Transforming Military Training:...
  24. Poll: They Don't Get It

    I go back to my good friend Andy Krepinevich's book The Army in Vietnam describing the blind adherence to the "Army Concept" and I still belive that most of our military is paying lip service to the...
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    Marine Advisor Training

    I worked a bit with SCETC from October 2005 to March 2006 when the CO at that time retired as did several of the officers who were involved in standing up SCETC. I recommended on several occassions...
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