U. S. Army/Marine Corps Counterinsurgency Field Manual

ISBN-10: 0226841510

ISBN-13: 9780226841519

Edition: 2007

Authors: John A. Nagl, David H. Petraeus, James F. Amos, Sarah Sewall, United States Army Staff

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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 willdonate 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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Book details

List price: $15.00
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Publication date: 7/4/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 472
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.386
Language: English

John A. Nagl is a retired lieutenant colonel of the U.S. Army. A graduate of West Point and a Rhodes Scholar, he received his Ph.D. from St. Antony's College, Oxford, where he wrote his thesis on counterinsurgency in Malaya and Vietnam. Nagl served as the military assistant to deputy secretaries of Defense Paul Wolfowitz and Gordon England, where he coauthored the U.S. Army and Marine Corps counterinsurgency field manual with generals David Petraeus and James M. Mattis. He is the former president of the Center for a New American Security and the ninth headmaster of the Haverford School in Pennsylvania.

List of Tables, Figures, and Vignettes
Foreword to the University of Chicago Press edition
Introduction to the University of Chicago Press edition
Insurgency and Counterinsurgency
Aspects of Insurgency
Aspects of Counterinsurgency
Unity of Effort: Integrating Civilian and Military Activities
Key Counterinsurgency Participants and Their Likely Roles
Key Responsibilities in Counterinsurgency
Civilian and Military Integration Mechanisms
Tactical-Level Interagency Considerations
Intelligence in Counterinsurgency
Intelligence Characteristics in Counterinsurgency
Predeployment Planning and Intelligence Preparation of the Battlefield
Define the Operational Environment
Describe the Effects of the Operational Environment
Determine Threat Courses of Action
Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance Operations
The Intelligence-Operations Dynamic
Human Intelligence and Operational Reporting
Surveillance and Reconnaissance Considerations
Considerations for Other Intelligence Disciplines
Counterintelligence and Counterreconnaissance
All-Source Intelligence
Current Operations
Comprehensive Insurgency Analysis
Analytic Continuity
Intelligence Collaboration
Intelligence Cells and Working Groups
Host-Nation Integration
Designing Counterinsurgency Campaigns and Operations
The Importance of Campaign Design
The Relationship Between Design and Planning
The Nature of Design
Considerations for Design
Design for Counterinsurgency
Executing Counterinsurgency Operations
The Nature of Counterinsurgency Operations
Logical Lines of Operations in Counterinsurgency
Counterinsurgency Approaches
Assessment of Counterinsurgency Operations
Learning and Adapting
Developing Host-Nation Security Forces
Challenges, Resources, and End State
Framework for Development
Police in Counterinsurgency
Leadership and Ethics for Counterinsurgency
Leadership in Counterinsurgency
Large- and Small-Unit Leadership Tenets
Warfighting Versus Policing
Proportionality and Discrimination
Detention and Interrogation
The Learning Imperative
Logistic Considerations in Counterinsurgency
Logistic Support to Logical Lines of Operations
Contracted Logistic Support
A Guide for Action
Ending the Tour
Three "What Ifs"
Social Network Analysis and Other Analytical Tools
Describe the Effects of the Operational Environment
Evaluate the Threat
Linguist Support
Linguist Support Categories
Selecting Interpreters
Employing Linguists
Establishing Rapport
Orienting Interpreters
Preparing for Presentations
Conducting Presentations
Speaking Techniques
Legal Considerations
Authority to Assist a Foreign Government
Authorization to Use Military Force
Rules of Engagement
The Law of War
Internal Armed Conflict
Detention and Interrogation
Enforcing Discipline of U.S. Forces
Humanitarian Relief and Reconstruction
Training and Equipping Foreign Forces
Claims and Solatia
Establishing the Rule of Law
Airpower in Counterinsurgency
Airpower in the Strike Role
Airpower in Intelligence Collection
Air and Space Information Operations
High-Technology Assets
Low-Technology Assets
The Airpower Command Structure
Building Host-Nation Airpower Capability
Source Notes
Annotated Bibliography
Military References
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