- Paperback: 472 pages
- Publisher: University of Chicago Press; 1 edition (July 4, 2007)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0226841510
- ISBN-13: 978-0226841519
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.4 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 70 customer reviews
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"The U.S. Army/Marine Corps Counterinsurgency Field Manual" is a University of Chicago reprint of the military issue version, with the addition of an excellent foreward by John Nagl and a provocative introductory essay by Sarah Sewall. For a military manual, it is surprisingly readable, and it is a superb exploration of just what an insurgency is and how it might be suppressed.
The Manual explores the proper characterization of insurgencies, the challenges of unity of effort, timely intelligence, and the design and execution of counterinsurgency campaigns. It deals with the tricky topics of host nation training, logistics, battlefield ethics, and airpower support. Of note, the authors pulled no punches in emphasizing the importance of the political dimension of a conflict as the key to success, and the further crucial point that counterinsurgency is a military/civilian effort.
"The U.S. Army/Marine Corps Counterinsurgency Field Manual" is very highly recommended to practicioners in the field and to students of warfare wherever they may be.
But in my work, as a competitive strategy analyst engaging with NGO and activist organizations, having a good understanding of this book can be an asset, especially so given that many of the organizations I study have written that they have used this manual to inform their own strategies.
Certainly, many of the sections such as "Developing Host-Nation Security Forces" and the sections on logistics and "Detention and Interrogation" are not directly applicable to the development of business strategy opposing adversarial advocacy organizations. However, the sections on "Intelligence in Counterinsurgency," understanding the environment, and planning and strategy execution can be very helpful, and are must reads for any business professional who engages with NGOs and activists who are more destructive than constructive.
I think if this book were to become required reading for students then I think we could prevent some costly misadventures in future because this book really details what an occupation requires. Everyone would understand that military action will require a deep level of commitment for the military and on all levels of civil society as well.
I also think it is the least we can do as citizens to educate ourselves on what our military men and women are doing and attempting to implement in situations where they face this type of conflict. One gets a sense of what a soldier goes through and the huge load that is put on the ordinary soldier. It is an extremely difficult task they are asked to perform in these situations, and they are asked to perform this task with honor and discretion in the face of terrible situations.
There are some good reviews here that speak more to the content of the work by people obviously more versed in the topic than myself, so I will just say that this book is very well done and an easy read. If you are like me and are putting off reading or buying this book, then let me just say go ahead. It is worth the money and the effort. I highly recommend this book.