The U.S. Army/Marine Corps Counterinsurgency Field Manual

Paperback | July 4, 2007

byJames F. United States Army, James United States Marine CorpsForeword byJohn A. Nagl

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When the U.S. military invaded Iraq, it  lacked a common understanding of the problems inherent in counterinsurgency campaigns. It had neither studied them, nor developed doctrine and tactics to deal with them. It is fair to say that in 2003, most Army officers knew more about the U.S. Civil War than they did about counterinsurgency.

The U.S. Army / Marine Corps Counterinsurgency Field Manual was written to fill that void. The result of unprecedented collaboration among top U.S. military experts, scholars, and practitioners in the field, the manual espouses an approach to combat that emphasizes constant adaptation and learning, the importance of decentralized decision-making, the need to understand local politics and customs, and the key role of intelligence in winning the support of the population. The manual also emphasizes the paradoxical and often counterintuitive nature of counterinsurgency operations: sometimes the more you protect your forces, the less secure you are; sometimes the more force you use, the less effective it is; sometimes doing nothing is the best reaction. 

An new introduction by Sarah Sewall, director of the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, places the manual in critical and historical perspective, explaining the significance and potential impact of this revolutionary challenge to conventional U.S. military doctrine.

An attempt by our military to redefine itself in the aftermath of 9/11 and the new world of international terrorism, The U.S. Army / Marine Corps Counterinsurgency Field Manual will play a vital role in American military campaigns for years to come.
 
The University of Chicago Press will donate a portion of the proceeds from this book to the Fisher House Foundation, a private-public partnership that supports the families of America’s injured servicemen. To learn more about the Fisher House Foundation, visit www.fisherhouse.org.
 

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When the U.S. military invaded Iraq, it  lacked a common understanding of the problems inherent in counterinsurgency campaigns. It had neither studied them, nor developed doctrine and tactics to deal with them. It is fair to say that in 2003, most Army officers knew more about the U.S. Civil War than they did about counterinsurgency.Th...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:472 pages, 9 × 6 × 1.4 inPublished:July 4, 2007Publisher:University Of Chicago PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0226841510

ISBN - 13:9780226841519

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Table of Contents

Foreword to the University of Chicago Press Edition    
Foreword
PREFACE
INTRODUCTION

Chapter 1 INSURGENCY AND COUNTERINSURGENCY
Chapter 2 UNITY OF EFFORT: INTEGRATING CIVILIAN AND MILITARY ACTIVITIES
Chapter 3 INTELLIGENCE IN COUNTERINSURGENCY
Chapter 4 DESIGNING COUNTERINSURGENCY CAMPAIGNS AND OPERATIONS
Chapter 5 EXECUTING COUNTERINSURGENCY OPERATIONS
Chapter 6 DEVELOPING HOST-NATION SECURITY FORCES
Chapter 7 LEADERSHIP AND ETHICS FOR COUNTERINSURGENCY
Chapter 8 SUSTAINMENT

Appendix A A GUIDE FOR ACTION
Appendix B SOCIAL NETWORK ANALYSIS AND OTHER ANALYTICAL TOOLS
Appendix C LINGUIST SUPPORT
Appendix D LEGAL CONSIDERATIONS
Appendix E AIRPOWER IN COUNTERINSURGENCY

SOURCE NOTES
GLOSSARY
ANNOTATED BIBLIOGRAPHY
MILITARY REFERENCES
INDEX
FIGURES
TABLES
VIGNETTES

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"[This] book has helped make counterinsurgency part of the zeitgeist. It has become a coffee-table staple in Washington. . . . In short, this is not your parents' military field manual."