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Product Details

  • Paperback: 282 pages
  • Publisher: Signalman Publishing (September 11, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0984061436
  • ISBN-13: 978-0984061433
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 0.6 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
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Though David H. Petraeus is the most forward-thinking of recent U.S. Army generals, this work would only be of much help to senior officers. It suffers from (typically Western) "top-down" research--breaking down every topic into as many subsets as possible and then saying something about each. For the average U.S. Congressman or citizen, that then constitutes knowledge. For those at the bottom of the military hierarchy, it offers very little insight on how actually to perform their subset. For how a platoon or company "manual on counterinsurgency" might look, one must refer to other books, e.g. "Tequila Junction." On a more positive note, this work officially admits to insurgencies being largely countered through nonmartial arenas--psychological/religious, economic, and political. Because of the strict separation of responsibilities within the U.S. govt., the U.S. military has been too seldom allowed to influence these other arenas.
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The Counterinsurgency Field Manual is a surprisingly well considered text on the nature of insurgency and the points where the course of an insurgency can be influenced.

A caveat up front; this book is available in pdf from the Army website for free. Hard copy may be more appropriate to your needs though.

Something is (or should be) rather confusing about the U.S. military. Since the inception of the Continental Army in the American Revolution, the U.S. military has been involved with counterinsurgency operations almost constantly, at home and abroad. (Put this way, Americans were waging counterinsurgency since before there was a United States; the French and Indian War...) What is confusing is 'why isn't the U.S. better at it?'

Setting this underlying question to one side, this text sets forth a framework for understanding the causes of insurgencies, and for dealing with them. The full scope of cultural, economic, social, political, and other factors are addressed in considerable detail, along with approaches to influencing these factors to address the root causes of insurgency. It is a robust, comprehensive work that can provide an adaptable conceptual structure for anyone involved in counterinsurgency or issues relating to counterinsurgency.

The big question in my mind; Why did the Army have to manage developing this process, when more than half the work required to respond to an insurgency should be done or overseen by the State Department? Why do soldiers have to arrange economic reconstruction and infrastructure development? Aren't those folks at the State Department competent to do all this stuff?

E.M. Van Court
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I purchased this as a gift for Christmas. The recipient was very thrilled and happy to have received.
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Everyone should read if interested in this subject.
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