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    SORO, Dec 62: Casebook on Insurgency and Revolutionary Warfare: 23 Summary Accounts
    This casebook has been developed as a "reader" in insurgency and revolutionary warfare. Its major functions are to provide a general introduction to revolutionary warfare and to serve as a consolidated source of background information on a number of relatively recent revolutions. A standard outline was used for each summary account in order to facilitate comparisons among the revolutions. Readers are urged to at least skim the Introduction as the first step in order to become familiar with the definition of terms used in the casebook and to gain insight into the rationale for the standard outline....
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    Thumbs up Great Find

    Nice work with this, Jed. I'd suggest anyone interested in the history of how elements of the US government viewed small wars/insurgencies during this period download this puppy and read away. Note that the date is 1962, but still fascinating for "what they thought then."
    "On the plains and mountains of the American West, the United States Army had once learned everything there was to learn about hit-and-run tactics and guerrilla warfare."
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    RAND, August 1963: Counterinsurgency: Vietnam 1962-1963
    This paper describes the political and economic motivating forces in Viet-Nam, the strategic hamlet program, the government organization, and briefly describes the U.S. advisory efforts. It discusses counterinsurgency, particularly the effects on weapons selectivity, the defense, transportation, communication, and offense. Examples from recent experiences in Viet-Nam are given. Patrolling and Viet-Cong responses to U.S. equipment and tactics are described, as is the role of American technology in counter-insurgency.

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    USASOC and Johns Hopkins are updating this work with 24 new case studies, as well as the human factors in undergrounds and insurgencies. It will be published probably by the end of the year. it will be made publicly available (to include electronically) and is intended for use by professional military education and civilian academic institutions for study and research.
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    Quote Originally Posted by max161 View Post
    USASOC and Johns Hopkins are updating this work with 24 new case studies, as well as the human factors in undergrounds and insurgencies. It will be published probably by the end of the year. it will be made publicly available (to include electronically) and is intended for use by professional military education and civilian academic institutions for study and research.
    So are you saying that they are updating both volumes - the '62 Casebook on Insurgency and the '65 Human Factors of Undergrounds in Insurgencies? That would be outstanding.

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    Default What Ted said ...

    and does the projected update for year-end also include the other third of the trilogy: "Undergrounds in Insurgent, Revolutionary and Resistance Warfare" (1963) ?

    Thanks to both of you for the new information.

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    Default Yes to all three (in a way)

    Quote Originally Posted by Jedburgh View Post
    So are you saying that they are updating both volumes - the '62 Casebook on Insurgency and the '65 Human Factors of Undergrounds in Insurgencies? That would be outstanding.
    All are being updated but if you look closely at the two human factors volumes they have some very similar parts to them. We will will end up with the 24 case studies, 6 comprehensive studies, a single human factors volume and then scenarios that can be used for illustrative planning and wargaming. The "update" is really a follow-on - these will be 24 new insurgencies that have occurred since the original SORO case studies.
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    Default My last reply was meant for

    both Jedburgh and JMM99 to answer both their questions.
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    Quote Originally Posted by max161
    .....if you look closely at the two human factors volumes they have some very similar parts to them.
    I agree with you 100% - a current version could easily encompass all the focus areas of the earlier two.
    Quote Originally Posted by max161
    ...We will will end up with the 24 case studies, 6 comprehensive studies, a single human factors volume and then scenarios that can be used for illustrative planning and wargaming. The "update" is really a follow-on - these will be 24 new insurgencies that have occurred since the original SORO case studies.
    I would love to be able to participate in the work on the human factors volume. In any case, I look forward to their completion and publication.

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    I'm new to SWC. Will the new update be additional Books? Or will it also include the earlyer 60's text? And were might I find the older 60's text in hard copy?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Boris
    And were might I find the older 60's text in hard copy?
    The '65 Human Factors Considerations of Undergrounds in Insurgencies is available in reprint, and you can still find old used copies of the '63 Undergrounds in Insurgent, Revolutionary, and Resistance Warfare and the '62 Casebook on Insurgency and Revolutionary Warfare.

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    Found copys of all three. The way they have been talked about, it would seem they are a must have? let me know.

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    OK, where can I find the new edition? Prefer a digital copy that I can download but if not...
    Thanks

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    Default getting close to publication

    USASOC and Johns Hopkins are getting close to publication. They will provide electronic versions and I will post them as soon as they are released.
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    Here's another '60s era study on insurgency/counterinsurgency; this multi-volume series is from the Center for Research in Social Systems.
    ...The series contains descriptive and analytical accounts covering a total of 57 cases of insurgency and counterinsurgency occurring in the 20th century...

    ...The purpose of the project was to enlarge the body of knowledge about insurgency and especially counterinsurgency by empirical study of actual historical cases. From a sample of about 150 cases, 57 were selected according to criteria governing time, definition, occurrence of military operations, analogy, and feasibility. Persons of academic and professional background were then selected to study individual cases according to a standardized methodology (described in the Technical Appendlx). The individual studies were written in a format covering background, insurgency, counterinsurgency, and outcome and conclusions, followed by notes and bibliographic material. The studies have been grouped geographically in three volumes to form casebooks on the subject of internal conflict.
    Note: These are large, slow-loading pdf files.

    February 1968: Challenge and Response in Internal Conflict, Volume I: The Experience in Asia

    This volume covers China (1898-1901), China (1927-1937), Outer Mongolia (1919-1921), The Philippines (1899-1902), Burma (1942-1945), China (1937-1945), Malaya (1942-1945), The Philippines (1942-1945), Indochina (1946-1954), lndonesia (1946-1949), Jammu and Kashmnir (1947-]949), South Vietnam (1956 to November 1963), Burma (1948-1960), Indonesia (1958-1961), Malaya (1948-1960), The Philippines (1946-1954), South Korea (1948-1954) and Tibet (1951-1960).

    March 1967: Challenge and Response in Internal Conflict, Volume II: The Experience in Europe and the Middle East

    This one covers Arabia (1916-1918), Ireland, (1916-1921), Palestine (1933-1939), USSR (1917-1921), France (1940-1944), Greece (1942-1944), Italy (1943-45), Norway (1940-1945), Poland (1939-1944), USSR (1941-1944), Yugoslavia (1941-1944), Cyprus (1954-1958), Iraq (1961-1964), Israel (1945-1948), Lebanon (1958), East Germany (June 1953), Greece (1946-1949) and Hungary (October-November 1956).

    April 1968: Challenge and Response in Internal Conflict, Volume III: The Experience in Africa and Latin America

    This one covers Ethiopia (1937-1941), Morocco (1921-1926). South Africa (1899-1902), South-West Africa (1904-1907), Cuba (1906-1909), Mexico (1916-1917), Nicaragua (1927-1933), Algeria (1954-1962), Angola (1961-1965), Cameroon (1955-1962), Kenya (1952-1960), Madagascar (1947-1948), Portuguese Guinea (1959-1965), South Africa (1961-1964), Colombia (1948-1958), Cuba (1953-1959) and Venezuela (1958-1963).
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    George Washington University, August 1962, Guerrilla Warfare Readings
    The articles presented in this memorandum, together with the selections in the book Modern Guerrilla Warfare, will give the reader a comprehensive cross-section of the many facets of guerrilla warfare. These articles were originally scheduled to be reprinted in the book cited but had to be excluded for a number of reasons--primarily because of space limitations.

    The first two readings are a concise review of guerrilla warfare from ancient times to the present....

    The next three readings are devoted to Soviet guerrilla activities against the Nazis during World War II and to current Soviet emphasis on this form of warfare....

    The last five readings are concerned with counterinsurgency procedures and policies for the future....
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    This thread is now being tracked, can't wait to see the new stuff...

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    NVM: I just have a slow connection...
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