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    A Military Review Special Edition (October 2006) - Counterinsurgency Reading:


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    RAND, 4 Sep 07: Money in the Bank: Lessons Learned from Past Counterinsurgency Operations
    This paper is a product of one of several RAND Corporation research projects examining U.S. political and military capabilities for fighting a spectrum of current and future insurgency threats. It should be of interest to academics, policymakers, military science specialists, intelligence analysts, and laypersons within the United States and elsewhere who may be interested in learning the applicability of lessons from past counterinsurgency (COIN) operations to the insurgencies the United States faces today and may face in the future. The six cases profiled in this paper include the Philippines (1899–1902), Algeria (1954–1962), Vietnam (1959–1972), El Salvador (1980–1992), Jammu and Kashmir (1947–present), and Colombia (1963–present). They were selected to explore COIN operations in regions with varied characteristics relating to geography, historical era, outcome, type of insurgency, and the level of U.S. or foreign involvement, among others. The issues addressed in this paper pertain to the success or failure of several counterinsurgency operations, the counterinsurgents’ ability to innovate and adapt, and the need for a way to recognize the threat and determine what is needed to confront it.....

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    RAND, 11 Sep 07: Understanding Proto-Insurgencies
    Small bands of fighters and terrorist groups usually seek to become full-blown insurgencies as part of their strategy for victory. But their task is difficult. The groups often start out with few members, little funding, and limited recognition, while the governments they oppose enjoy coercive and financial advantages and are seen as legitimate by most domestic and international audiences. Despite these difficulties, some groups do make the successful transition to full-blown insurgency. That transition is the focus of this paper.....

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    SWJ members,
    While attending the AUSA Convention I ran into an old friend, John Antal. He represents EFW (publishes articles pertaining to the Warfighter). For 2008 EFW is looking to publish articles on COIN in SWA. Fom the many and varied posts here at SWJ there are those who deserve to be read. Here is the link: http://www.efw1.com.
    Good luck.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kreker View Post
    SWJ members,
    While attending the AUSA Convention I ran into an old friend, John Antal. He represents EFW (publishes articles pertaining to the Warfighter). For 2008 EFW is looking to publish articles on COIN in SWA. Fom the many and varied posts here at SWJ there are those who deserve to be read. Here is the link: http://www.efw1.com.
    Good luck.
    Best regards--
    Kreker
    Is COL Antal doing a "Choose your own adventure" book for COIN? He was the Armor School Head (16 CAV) when I went through CCC. Would be a neat concept.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cavguy View Post
    Is COL Antal doing a "Choose your own adventure" book for COIN? He was the Armor School Head (16 CAV) when I went through CCC. Would be a neat concept.
    Hi Cavguy,
    John was signing copies of the 2007 Forests of Steel, Modern City Combat From the War in Vietnam to the Battle for Iraq. That book is a collection of articles written by current Soldiers and retired Soldiers. He's trying to get more interest from the Army in providing articles to the 2008 book.
    John is a good guy and is doing his part to maintain currency with the Army at war.
    Best regards,
    Kreker.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kreker View Post
    Hi Cavguy,
    John was signing copies of the 2007 Forests of Steel, Modern City Combat From the War in Vietnam to the Battle for Iraq. That book is a collection of articles written by current Soldiers and retired Soldiers. He's trying to get more interest from the Army in providing articles to the 2008 book.
    John is a good guy and is doing his part to maintain currency with the Army at war.
    Best regards,
    Kreker.
    I've read a number of his books, being an Armor Officer and such. I remember at Knox he always walked around carrying a saber. The reason I asked was your post jogged my memory about his tactical decision book about NTC, and I just realized that something like that would be useful for COIN.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cavguy View Post
    I've read a number of his books, being an Armor Officer and such. I remember at Knox he always walked around carrying a saber. The reason I asked was your post jogged my memory about his tactical decision book about NTC, and I just realized that something like that would be useful for COIN.
    I thought that name was familiar...[insert forehead-slapping smilie here]
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    COIN Academy Reading List

    Small Wars Journal and Abu Muqawama recently commented on the formation of the new U.S. Army Counterinsurgency (COIN) Academy in Afghanistan. We were particularly interested in the Academy’s pursuit of building a first-class COIN library.

    So… SWJ and AM have decided to aid in building the library with a little help from our friends. We e-mailed the COIN Academy requesting their reading list. They responded with titles of books and movies that once in hand would go a long way in establishing a world-class COIN library.

    To streamline our effort we have set up the Afghanistan COIN Library page on Amazon.

    The books and movies you purchase there and send on to Afghanistan will seed the COIN Academy’s library with a few titles that will allow the staff to better appreciate history, culture, and insurgency in Afghanistan. Eventually the titles will make their way to the library of the Afghan Defense University of which the COIN Academy will become a part. The shipping address (while hidden at Amazon) is direct to the Academy and we will track to ensure your book or movie makes it way to Afghanistan.

    A tip of the hat to Small Wars Council member Carl (currently a private sector pilot in Iraq and blogger at Because We're Here Boy, No One Else; But Us) who started the ball rolling by e-mailing us an offer to send multiple copies of FM 3-24 to the Academy.

    Thanks much for helping us out on this project. What do we get out of this? A pretty darn good COIN reading list!

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    If you'll PM or email me the mailing address for the academy I'll make sure they're on the distribution list for Strategic Studies Institute publications.

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    Coupla questions to clarify. What do you do? Just go to that wish list link and purchase it normally, then everything's all automatic?

    And about the amazon search: Do you just have to use the search feature here, then buy it as you regularly would, or does something else need to be done? (Does SWJ gets something for any purchase at Amazon by using this method)

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    Quote Originally Posted by skiguy View Post
    Coupla questions to clarify. What do you do? Just go to that wish list link and purchase it normally, then everything's all automatic?

    And about the amazon search: Do you just have to use the search feature here, then buy it as you regularly would, or does something else need to be done? (Does SWJ gets something for any purchase at Amazon by using this method)
    Gets shipped direct to the Academy. Just make sure you check the wish list shipping address before you check out. And no, we do not get a referral fee as this list is not linked to our normal SWJ / SWC Amazon account. We tried to link it and planned on using the fee to buy even more books but using that method would not allow us and potential buyers to track which books were already purchased.

    Any other purchases through our normal Amazon account - or a donation of course would be most appreciated. Lots or work goes on here at no cost to the members and site visitors...

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    For those interested, in addition to the FM on the list, another volume on the list, Mao's Basic Tactics, is available on the web ( http://www.marxists.org/reference/ar...6/mswv6_28.htm ). In fact, this site has also published Long Live the Victory of People’s War ( http://www.marxists.org/reference/ar...9/peoples_war/ ), etc. Another good volume in that genre is, 'The Chinese Army Its Organization and Military Efficiency' by Evans Carlson (of USMC Raider fame).
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    Quote Originally Posted by SWJED View Post
    .... And no, we do not get a referral fee as this list is not linked to our normal SWJ / SWC Amazon account. We tried to link it and planned on using the fee to buy even more books but using that method would not allow us and potential buyers to track which books were already purchased.
    CORRECTION.

    Just in the interest of full disclosure. We have subsequently managed to adjust the linkage on the COIN Academy's reading list, and it does now generate an explicitly tagged referral fee within our account at Amazon. Small Wars Journal is reinvesting the referral fees from this effort to purchase additional books on the reading list.

    Thanks also to Abu Muqawama, who has made the same modification and is similarly committed to passing on those referral fees to reinvest in the cause.

    Note - you get the same low Amazon price no matter how you buy. The referral fee is effectively a slice out of Amazon profits, back to the little guys. Like us. And the COIN Academy. So thanks, Jeff Bezos. And thanks to those of you who choose to modify your Amazon purchasing behavior ever so slightly (i.e. click into Amazon through our site) and thereby help us out. It's a big boost to our tiny coffers.

    Note 2 - to any of our coalition partners in this effort (see list at end of entry here), if we haven't gotten the how-to on this fee-generating re-linking to you, let me know. Contact by PM or webmaster@smallwarsjournal.com.

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    COIN Library by Dave Dilegge, SWJ Blog

    This morning I stumbled across (actually it appeared in the left sidebar under Google Ads) what looks like a pretty good resource for students and practitioners of COIN – The Counterinsurgency Library. The site is pretty well organized and contains a lot of historical and recent content. Reminds me of what I had (and still have) planned for our own SWJ library. Until we get there take a look around the COIN library.

    Here’s the library’s about statement:

    Counterinsurgency has become a subject of great interest in the last few years, and this website is intended to bring together the literature on this vitally important subject in a single location. This is a collaborative website, in which anyone can enter bibliographical references. A user can – and is indeed encouraged to – annotate the entries. Visitors can also search by topic to find a list of articles about specific insurgencies or issues in counterinsurgency.

    Counterinsurgency is a complex subject, as it rests at the intersection of history, economics, military strategy, and even political theory. This site attempts to collect articles on all of these aspects of counterinsurgency. In this respect it is different than other reading lists on, or bibliographies of, counterinsurgency. Some reading lists focus on military issues; others look at specific historical examples.

    What makes this site unique is that it is both collaborative and dedicated to both the practical and deeply philosophical issues surrounding counterinsurgency. Many of the articles included here deal with specific counterinsurgencies, ranging from Iraq to Malaysia to Vietnam; other articles address practical questions such as the role of indigenous police forces in counterinsurgency. Still others deal with the theoretical foundations of the state, a subject that, even while largely unacknowledged, underlies all counterinsurgency efforts. At all times, this site is interested in a holistic view of success in counterinsurgency.

    Please help us create a resource that can be of use to both scholars and soldiers, to those who are paid to think about counterinsurgency and to merely concerned citizens, and to all who hope for success in the difficult art of counterinsurgency.
    The site is divided into two sections - Hot Topics and What's New. The hot topics include posts by country, other categories, Iraq, COIN tactics and theorists.

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    Thanks for posting this! The paper by Lawrence Cline on Pseudo Operations is worth it alone.

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    Military Review Special Edition, August 2008: Counterinsurgency Reader II

    Although most of these articles have been previously posted individually, in their respective focused topic areas on the board, this collection is being posted in the specific context as noted below:
    In October 2006, the U.S. Army Combined Arms Center published a volume of selected articles in conjunction with the release and distribution of the Army/Marine Corps Field Manual 3-24, Counterinsurgency. Subsequently, numerous articles have been written exploring other dimensions of counterinsurgency not treated, or not well understood, when the first volume was published. These articles reflect both the vastly expanded range of knowledge and experience that U.S. land forces have obtained as well as the painful cost of such lessons with regard to fighting and defeating insurgencies in Iraq, Afghanistan, the Philippines, and elsewhere. Many outline the first-hand lessons learned in the current operational environment. As the Intellectual Center of the Army, the Combined Arms Center recognizes the importance of sharing these first-hand documents. The Counterinsurgency Center (COIN Center) and editors of Military Review have designed this second collection to complement the recently released FM 3-0, Operations and the soon to be released Counterinsurgency Handbook (produced by the COIN Center); FM 3-24.2, Counterinsurgency Tactics; FM 3-07, Stability Operations; and FM 3-28, Civil Support. While doctrinal field manuals lay out principles and supporting theory for dealing with the asymmetric aspects of warfare inherent in insurgency conflicts, these articles are intended to provide specific lessons and observations drawn from operations in the field.
    Combined Arms Center Special Edition—Counterinsurgency Reader II

    America’s Frontier Wars: Lessons for Asymmetric Conflicts
    Congressman Ike Skelton

    Developing a National Counterinsurgency Capability for the War on Terror
    John Hillen, Ph.D.

    Phase IV Operations: Where Wars are Really Won
    Lieutenant Colonel Conrad C. Crane, U.S. Army, Retired, Ph.D

    Linking Doctrine to Action: A New COIN Center-of-Gravity Analysis
    Colonel Peter R. Mansoor, U.S. Army, and Major Mark S. Ulrich, U.S. Army

    Using Occam’s Razor to Connect the Dots: The Ba’ath Party and the Insurgency in Tal Afar
    Captain Travis Patriquin, U.S. Army

    Anatomy of a Successful COIN Operation: OEF-Philippines and the Indirect Approach
    Colonel Gregory Wilson, U.S. Army

    A Model Counterinsurgency: Uribe’s Colombia (2002–2006) versus FARC
    Thomas A. Marks, Ph.D

    Anbar Awakens: The Tipping Point
    Major Niel Smith, U.S. Army, and Colonel Sean MacFarland, U.S. Army

    Addendum: Anbar Awakens
    Colonel Sean MacFarland, U.S. Army

    Commander’s Assessment: South Baghdad
    Lieutenant Colonel Ross A. Brown, U.S. Army

    Fighting “The Other War”: Counterinsurgency Strategy in Afghanistan, 2003–2005
    Lieutenant General David W. Barno, U.S. Army, Retired

    Combating a Modern Insurgency: Combined Task Force Devil in Afghanistan
    Colonel (P) Patrick Donahue, U.S. Army, and Lieutenant Colonel Michael Fenzel, U.S. Army

    HUMINT-Centric Operations: Developing Actionable Intelligence in the Urban Counterinsurgency Environment
    Colonel Ralph O. Baker, U.S. Army

    Human Terrain Mapping: A Critical First Step to Winning the COIN Fight
    Lieutenant Colonel Jack Marr, U.S. Army; Major John Cushing, U.S. Army; Major Brandon Garner, U.S. Army; and Captain Richard Thompson, U.S. Army

    Paper and COIN: Exploiting the Enemy’s Documents
    Major Vernie Liebl, U.S. Marine Corps, Retired

    Everything Old is New Again: Task Force Phantom in the Iraq War
    Lieutenant Colonel Robert P. Whalen Jr., U.S. Army

    A Synchronized Approach to Population Control
    Brigadier General Joseph Anderson, U.S. Army, and Colonel Gary Volesky, U.S. Army

    The Art and Aggravation of Vetting in Post-Conflict Environments
    Sean McFate

    Iraq: The Social Context of IEDs
    Montgomery McFate, J.D., Ph.D

    Iraq: Tribal Engagement Lessons Learned
    Lieutenant Colonel Michael Eisenstadt, U.S. Army Reserve

    Money as a Force Multiplier in COIN
    Lieutenant Colonel Leonard J. DeFrancisci, U.S. Marine Corps Reserve

    Stabilizing Influence: Micro-Financial Services Capability
    James E. Shircliffe Jr.

    From Enduring Strife to Enduring Peace in the Philippines
    Major Gary J. Morea, U.S. Army

    Protection of Arts and Antiquities during Wartime: Examining the Past and Preparing for the Future
    Major James B. Cogbill, U.S. Army

    Multi-National Force-Iraq Commander’s Counterinsurgency Guidance
    General David H. Petraeus, U.S. Army

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    Big props to COL (Ret.) Bill Darley who put this thing together and pushed through funding (thanks for the assist Dr. Jack!) from CAC to make it happen, and to the Mil Review staff for compiling it. It's a well balanced compilation of the best Military Review articles on COIN over the past two years.
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    Armor Magazine, Sep-Oct 08: Counterinsurgency: Selected Works
    The U.S. Army/U.S. Marine Corps Counterinsurgency (COIN) Center at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, would like to thank the editor and managing editor of ARMOR for their agreement to publish this special counterinsurgency edition. Several months ago, the COIN Center and staff of ARMOR agreed that the time was right to consolidate in a single edition a selection of the most valuable and instructive recently published articles on the use of armor in a counterinsurgency environment. These articles will provide units preparing to deploy a quick overview of the “best practices” associated with the use of armor in a COIN environment and perhaps lay the groundwork for future doctrinal revisions.....
    Counterinsurgency: Selected Works

    Welcome to the Counterinsurgency Century
    by Retired General Donn Starry

    Sadr City: The Armor Pure Assault in Urban Terrain
    by Captain John C. Moore

    Task Force Iron Dukes Campaign for Najaf
    by Lieutenant Colonel Pat White

    Integrating Armor into Personnel Recovery Operations
    by Captain Romeo P. Cubas, U.S. Marine Corps

    Retaking Sa’ad: Successful Counterinsurgency in Tal Afar
    by Major Niel Smith

    The Roots of Insurgent Warfare
    by Captain Christopher L. Center

    Armor in Urban Terrain: The Critical Enabler
    by Major General Peter W. Chiarelli, Major Patrick R. Michaelis, and Major Geoffrey A. Norman

    Platoons of Action: An Armor Task Force’s Response to Full-Spectrum Operations in Iraq
    by John P.J. DeRosa

    A Report on the 11th Armored Cavalry in Southeast Asia 1969-70
    by Colonel Donn A. Starry

    The Battle of Suoi Tre: Viet Cong Infantry Attack on a Firebase Ends in Slaughter When Armor Arrives
    by First Sergeant Christopher P. Worick

    Armor Task Force to Khe Sanh
    by Lieutenant Colonel Carmelo P. Milia

    The Battle of An Bao II
    by Captain Timothy J. Grogan

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