Book Description: Counterinsurgency has staked its claim in the new century as the new American way of war. Picks by LTC John Nagl (Ret). If you’ve already read the book, skip to the 25 minute mark and catch the Q&A. This book, along with Roger Trinquier's, Modern Warfare, should be included as part of every military officer's recommended reading list. This timely book offers a world history of insurgencies and of counterinsurgency warfare. Service members will find LtGen James Mattis’ reading list particularly helpful. The full PDF is available for free through the link. Podcast Check out @FightSh 1. The following list of recommended reading is just a starting point collated from a recent DRN Twitter hour on the subject of counterinsurgency. She does not utilize COIN theory in her analysis but her work will prove useful for those seeking to better understand how narcotics impacts the populace and provides funding for the Taliban. Review of Badges Without Borders: How Global Counterinsurgency Transformed American Policing, by Stuart Schrader (University of California, 2019).. Kilcullen, David. Hammes, The Sling and the Stone: On War in the 21st CenturyT.X. Ucko, David H. The New Counterinsurgency Era: Transforming the U.S. Military for Modern Wars: Ucko centers his work on how the United States has adapted to the the insurgency of Iraq. Note: This is very much a work in progress, there are numerous sources and material for those seeking to deepen their knowledge of counterinsurgency (COIN). RAND. Krepinevich, Andrew F. The Army and Vietnam: I have yet to read it but many consider it to be the seminal work on Vietnam as it directly contradicts the consensus that the failure of Vietnam resulted from political constraints, not strategy. This is a great starting point for anyone researching Vietnam, Malaya, or how militaries respond to insurgencies. While I haven’t read it yet, I’m expecting it to use similar analysis. This list is not exhaustive, but the "essentials" and "intermediate" lists include all the books and articles the two of us think you should read. A good basseline, insight into the subject of Counter Insurgency. Colonel Hammes, Thomas X. The Accidental Guerrilla: Fighting Small Wars in the Midst of a Big One: This is Kilcullen’s first published book on COIN. I haven’t read it yet but I’m curious to see how far Kilcullen advances COIN theory or if he simply adapts already established principles to modern circumstances. While I haven’t read it, Thompson is cited frequently and I’ll be looking to get my hands on a copy. Check out our COIN Book Club entries, which review select offerings from this Reading List. Insurgent Collective Action and civil War in El Salvador: As I understand it, Wood has given a detailed account of a counterinsurgency campaign that can be described as an “advisor” or “indirect” approach. Krepinevich, supposedly, analyzes Vietnam through a COIN lens and comes to a completely different conclusion. This kind of counterinsurgency utilizes small teams of US personnel to assist local forces in stabilizing an insurgency. It’s only about 20 pages and is critical to developing an understanding of COIN. FNH audio presents a reading of the revolutionary military guide on how to handle and run a counterinsurgency. Callwell, Small WarsJohn Cann, Counterinsurgency in Africa: The Portuguese Way of War 1961-1974Carl von Clausewitz, On WarBernard Fall, The Street without JoyDavid Galula, Pacification in Algeria: 1956-1958Tony Geraghty, The Irish WarCharles Gwynn, Imperial PolicingAlistair Horne, A Savage War of Peace: Algeria 1954-1962Frank Kitson, Gangs and Counter-GangsRobert Komer, Bureaucracy Does its ThingAndrew Krepinevich, The Army and VietnamJohn Nagl, Learning to Eat Soup with a Knife: Counterinsurgency Lessons from Malaya and VietnamNeil Sheehan, A Bright Shining LieRobert Taber, War of the FleaRobert Thompson, Defeating Communist InsurgencyRoger Trinquier, Modern WarfareMao Tse-Tung, On Guerrilla WarfareBing West, The Village, Modern DayRalph Baker, "The Decisive Weapon", Military Review, May-June 2006David Barno, “Fighting ‘The Other War’: Counterinsurgency in Afghanistan, 2003-2005,” Military Review, September-October 2007Stephen Biddle, “Seeing Baghdad, Thinking Saigon,” Foreign Affairs, March-April 2006Burgoyne & Marckwardt, The Defense of Jisr al-DoreaaPeter Chiarelli, "Winning the Peace", Military Review, July-August 2005Nigel Alwyn Foster, "Changing the Army for COIN Operations", Military Review, November-December 2005Les Grau, The Bear Went Over the MountainT.X. But, as Paul Staniland argued a decade into the war in Afghanistan—now almost a decade ago—building strong states and winning hearts and minds are themselves contradictory goals: Please feel free to correct me if a judgement of mine is skewed. Historically, the United States Military has largely avoided learning COIN. For the moment, this list will be fairly informal and includes some speculation. Wan to know what we think about specific books and articles? For a more authoritative reading list, I recommend Andrew Exum’s reading list or the Annotated Bibliography of The U.S Army/Marine Corps Counterinsurgency Field Manual. Insurgents must be … Nagl explores the strategic culture of both the American and British militaries for explanations on why one was able to adapt to an insurgency and the other wasn’t. Gen. David Petraeus saw a need for new updated manual on how to actually wage a counterinsurgency (COIN) conflict, as all existing military manuals were showing their age and out of sync with modern thinking. MAXWELL AIR FORCE BASE, Ala. (AFNEWS) -- Air University officials hosted the 2007 Air Force Symposium on Counterinsurgency April 24 through 26 here and speakers spoke on counterinsurgency in the present day warfare environment and the Air Force's role in counterinsurgency operations. Our full review and summary can be found here. Kalyvas, Stathis N. The Logic of Violence in Civil War: Cited by both Nagl and Kilcullen as a source of theory for analyzing political violence, I’m expecting it to be very in-depth and heavy since it is usually assigned in graduate-level coursework. Like Heinz Guderian with tanks or Karl Doenitz with submarines, Galula crystalized and codified this “new” way of war. For someone looking for a book that introduces concepts of COIN without getting too heavy on theory, this is probably one of the better choices. Abu Muqawama and Charlie put our heads together across the Atlantic Ocean and came up with this, the long-awaited Counterinsurgency Reading List. The Sling and the Stone: On War in the 21st Century: I have read Colonel Hammes work but it was some time ago. We have a review and summary posted here. Reconstruction Under Fire: Unifying Civil and Military Counterinsurgency: RAND explores the civil componant of COIN and how civil operations can be conducted during an active insurgency. The U.S Army/Marine Corps Counterinsurgency Field Manual, The Accidental Guerrilla: Fighting Small Wars in the Midst of a Big One, Taxi to the Dark Side – The Story of American Torture, Learning to Eat Soup with a Knife – John A. Nagl, International Security – Winter 2010/2011, The Fog of War – Eleven Lessons from the Life of Robert S. McNamara, How Democratic is the American Constitution? Defeating Communist Insurgency: The Lessons of Malaya and Vietnam: The other pivotal work for COIN theory. RAND has also published a companion volume to Reconstruction Under Fire that focuses on three case studies: Nangarhar province in Afghanistan, Nord-Kivu province in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and Al Anbar province in Iraq. If I remember correctly, he focused on the evolution of warfare through four stages with the fourth stage being asymmetric conflicts. Counterinsurgency Tactics of the Crescent Moon: Militant Muslim Combat Methods, John Poole (ALL) Minimanual of the Urban Guerrilla, Carlos Marighella (ALL) Street Without Joy, Bernard Fall (Company Grade) Guerrilla Warfare, Che’ Guevara (Company Grade) FM 31 … It makes no attempt, and no claim, to be exhaustive or definitive: such a list would run to many thousands of entries and quickly prove self-defeating. Yet, the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq have revived a historical debate about the costs – monetary, political and moral – of operations designed to eliminate insurgents and build nations. ... As I was reading (most of) the article, I wondered if one of the problems large military forces have in these situations is a tendency to view Special Forces as conventional war on the cheap. Once I’ve read it, I’ll post a more specific recommendation. An Insurgency Reading List From Max Brooks, Author Of ‘World War Z’ Too often the impulse when going through a reading list is to critique it, and point out the holes. Six Requirements for Success in Modern Counterinsurgency. Gen. David Petraeus saw a need for new updated manual on how to actually wage a counterinsurgency (COIN) conflict, as all existing military manuals were showing their age and out of sync with modern thinking. Professional reading continues to be vital as Airmen maintain the Air Force initiative today and prepare for the future. Related Posts: Authors@Google – David Kilcullen; Counterinsurgency Reading List; Types Of Terrorism ; Taxi to the Dark Side – The Story of American Torture; Learning to Eat Soup with a Knife – John A. Nagl McMaster, “On War: Lessons to be Learned.” Survival, February-March 2008Steven Metz, Rethinking InsurgencyElizabeth Rubin, "Battle Company Is Out There"Rupert Smith, The Utility of ForceVarious, FM 3-24, "Counterinsurgency", Hannah Arendt, On RevolutionHannah Arendt, On ViolenceRobert Asprey, War in the ShadowsRobert Bates, Prosperity and ViolenceJarret M. Brachman and William F. McCants, "Stealing Al-Qaeda's Playbook," CTC Report, February 2006Scott A. Cuomo and Brian J. Donlon, "Training a 'Hybrid' Warrior," Marine Corps GazetteLoup Francart, Maitriser la violenceRobert M. Gates, "Beyond Guns and Steel: Reviving the Nonmilitary Instruments of American Power"Antonio Giustozzi, Koran, Kalashnikov, and the Laptop: The Neo Taliban Insurgency in AfghanistanJohn Bagot Glubb, War in the DesertDaniel Helmer, "Flipside of the COIN: Israel’s Lebanese Incursion Between 1982-2000" Stathis Kalyvas, The Logic of Violence in Civil WarsAlan B. Krueger, What Makes a TerroristMark Lichbach, The Rebel’s DilemmaYezid Sayigh, Armed Struggle and the Search for State: The Palestinian National Movement, 1949-1993James Scott, Moral Economy of the PeasantFrederic M. Wehrey, “A Clash of Wills: Hizballah’s Psychological Campaign Against Israel in South Lebanon.”Jeremy Weinstein, Inside Rebellion: Politics of Insurgent Violence, Graham Greene, The Quiet AmericanRudyard Kipling, KimJean Larteguy, The CenturionsLeon Uris, Trinity, The Battle of AlgiersGo Tell The SpartansThe Wind that Shakes the Barley. The material I have included below merely reflects the sources I’m currently familiar with. Victory Has a Thousand Fathers: Sources of Success in Counterinsurgency: For this report, RAND has used data from the 30 most recently resolved insurgencies to test basic tenets of COIN. This contrasts greatly with current military literature of today (including the upcoming US Army's FM 3-24, Counterinsurgency Operations which is, in my view, too big for a busy officer to read in a single day). This list is not exhaustive, but the "essentials" and "intermediate" lists include all the books and articles the two of us think you should read. Peters concludes that Afghanistan resembles the FARCO insurgency in Columbia more closely than Iraq. Counterinsurgency. counterinsurgency definition: 1. military action taken by a government to prevent attacks by small groups of soldiers or fighters…. The first law is that the population is paramount. Is this to be a list of anyone who calls himself a counter-insurgency expert and has an article on Wikipedia , or is it to be a list of "the" major experts. Galula, David. The Classics. Nevertheless, Galula’s book is an excellent place to start for learning about COIN as it is both a quick and easy read. Hammes, The Sling and the Stone: On War in the 21st Century, T.X. There’s numerous versions of this manual floating around as PDFs so only purchase it if you absolutely want to. Please get in touch if your research falls under the umbrella of COIN as it would be great to make more connections. Click on the links, and they should -- with a few exceptions -- either take you to the article or to the link on amazon.com. Ricks, Thomas E. Fiasco: The American Military Adventure in Iraq, 2003 to 2005: One of the most widely read books on the Iraq War and the subsequent insurgency. FNH audio presents a reading of the revolutionary military guide on how to handle and run a counterinsurgency. Even though importance of popular support is confirmed, the ability to deploy tangibles like personnel, resources, and financing is the single greatest indicator for success. New think tanks and blogs propagate and debate counterinsurgency research, and tomes exploring insurgencies past, present and future are on every cognoscente's reading list. USMC Counterinsurgency Reading List for Marines Deploying to Iraq and Afghanistan http://smallwarsjournal.com/documents/usmccoinreadinglist.pdf. Learning to Eat Soup with a Knife: Half of Nagl’s book covers the American response in Vietnam while the other half covers the British response in Malaya. The manual can also be found on Scribd here. War Bird Forum. That is, the support of the people is the primary objective of a counterinsurgency campaign. Hammes, “Fourth Generation Evolves, Fifth Emerges,” Military Review, May-June 2007, Hecker & Rid, War 2.0: Irregular Warfare in the Information Age, Chris Hickey, "Principles and Priorities for Training in Iraq", Military Review, March-April 2007, David Kilcullen, The Accidental Guerrilla, David Kilcullen, "Anatomy of a Tribal Revolt", David Kilcullen, “Counterinsurgency Redux,” Survival, Winter, 2006, John Kizley, "Learning About Counterinsurgency", Military Review, March-April 2007, Sean MacFarland and Niel Smith, "Anbar Awakens," Military Review, March-April 2008, Marston & Malkasian, Counterinsurgency in Modern Warfare, H.R. For much of the book, Ricks applies COIN theory to chronicle the initial mistakes made by the Bush Administration, even referencing Galula. Service members will find LtGen James Mattis’ reading list particularly helpful. Keep in mind that this is Nagl’s doctoral dissertation and contains a great deal of depth. Tags: Afghanistan • Counterinsurgency • Insurgency • Iraq, Your Source for Understanding Global Dilemmas. The Counterinsurgency Reading List, Center for a New American Security www.cnas.org/blog/the-counterinsurgency-reading-list-3241. population was the key to success in any counterinsurgency campaign” and, like Galula, Nagl further posits that this means that the Army has to shift away from its overreliance on firepower to win wars.8 Lieutenant Colonel Robert M. Cassidy adds that population-centric counterinsurgency must focus on denying the insurgent safe haven but again the Despite the apparent adaption over the course of the Iraq occupation, Ucko concludes that the United States Army continues to resist fundamental change that prioritizes COIN. His sweeping study of insurrectionary warfare and of its counterinsurgency counterpart will be essential reading for all students of military history. The recommendations of RAND include how to prioritize civil operations, allocate security forces, integrate security and civil operations, and other general requirements necessary for effective operations. Long considered the masters of counterinsurgency, the British military encountered significant problems in Iraq and Afghanistan when confronted with insurgent violence. David Petraeus, The U.S. Army-Marine Corps Counterinsurgency Manual* This scholarly tome doesn’t just distil an ocean of research from various times and places (the bibliography alone is enough to make yo… Yet, the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq have revived a historical debate about the costs – monetary, political and moral – of operations designed to eliminate insurgents and build nations. The Counterinsurgency Reading List Abu Muqawama and Charlie put our heads together across the Atlantic Ocean and came up with this, the long-awaited Counterinsurgency Reading List. USSOCOM Commander's Reading List 2020 Search this Guide Search. Robert, Sir Thompson. He retired from active service to continue his agitation as a civilian, and among other things posted this list of best books (and a video) on Amazon. Kilcullen, David. ), Next Generation National Security Fellows, Robert M. Gates and Leon E. Panetta Fellows, The Shawn Brimley Next Generation National Security Leaders Fellowship, Joseph S. Nye, Jr. National Security Internship and Mentoring Program, CNAS 2015 Annual Conference: Keynote Address and Closing Remarks, Protecting Democracy: Foreign Interference, Voter Confidence, and Defensive Strategies in the 2020 Elections and Beyond, David Galula, Counterinsurgency Warfare: Theory and Practice, David Kilcullen, "28 Articles", Military Review, May-June 2006, Kalev Sepp, "Best Practices in COIN", Military Review, May-June 2005, Robert Bateman, "Lawrence and his Message, John Cann, Counterinsurgency in Africa: The Portuguese Way of War 1961-1974, David Galula, Pacification in Algeria: 1956-1958, Alistair Horne, A Savage War of Peace: Algeria 1954-1962, John Nagl, Learning to Eat Soup with a Knife: Counterinsurgency Lessons from Malaya and Vietnam, Robert Thompson, Defeating Communist Insurgency, Ralph Baker, "The Decisive Weapon", Military Review, May-June 2006, David Barno, “Fighting ‘The Other War’: Counterinsurgency in Afghanistan, 2003-2005,” Military Review, September-October 2007, Stephen Biddle, “Seeing Baghdad, Thinking Saigon,” Foreign Affairs, March-April 2006, Burgoyne & Marckwardt, The Defense of Jisr al-Doreaa, Peter Chiarelli, "Winning the Peace", Military Review, July-August 2005, Nigel Alwyn Foster, "Changing the Army for COIN Operations", Military Review, November-December 2005, Les Grau, The Bear Went Over the Mountain, T.X. I have yet to read it but am incredibly interested in any lessons that could be drawn from it. The Commandant’s Reading List is a list of books that Marines are recommended and often required to read. Counterinsurgency Warfare: Theory and Practice: Galula’s book is cited frequently and considered one of the foundational pieces of counteirnsurgency theory. (Recommended readings) by "Military Intelligence Professional Bulletin"; Military and naval science Counterinsurgency ), LTG Anthony R. "Tony" Ierardi, USA (Ret. The Australian Army Counterinsurgency and Small Wars Reading Guide Insurgency is a form of warfare as old as warfare itself, and it has gone by many names in the past: guerrilla warfare, partisan warfare, revolutionary warfare, insurrectionary warfare, irregular warfare, unconventional warfare, peoples’ war and … This article of T.E. Free Online Library: CAC commander's counterinsurgency: reading list. A counterinsurgency reading list Lt. Col. 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