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Afghanistan and the Troubled Future of Unconventional Warfare Hardcover – April 15, 2006
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Unfortunately winning on the battlefield in Iraq and in Afghanistan didn't mean the end of the war. Instead, as we all know, the real battle was just beginning, and we haven't done very well with it.
Dr. Rothstein, a West Point graduate and a thirty year career Special Forces officer uses this book to explain how unconventional warfare has not received the attention it should in the modern military. He uses the experience in Afghanistan to illustrate the points he is describing and makes several recommendations as to how the unconventional forces of the US need to be improved, mostly at the command level.
Finally, Colonel Rothstein's study of special operations forces during the War in Afghanistan (with a brief history of special forces since World War II) shows how, even when an organization develops an exquisite tool, it will misuse that tool when it doesn't fit into the general preconceptions of the bureaucracy at large. Of the three studies, Colonel Rothstein's is perhaps the most useful to the general reader since it ties his study most clearly to organizational theory (the chapter summarizing the various studies of organizational theory is alone worth the price of the book).
Afghanistan is the perfect case study since it has served as a model of the "new kind of war." Americans love the image of a handful of Green Berets on horseback with laptops winning a war. It is not so much that the image is wrong, just imcomplete. As Colonel Rothstein clearly demonstrates, special operations forces have always been used as commandos in conventional warfare instead of the leading edge in unconventional war.
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