Scope. This publication provides joint doctrine to plan, execute, and assess counterinsurgency operations. 2. Purpose. This publication has. Counterinsurgency: FM (U.S. Army Field Manuals) [Department of the Army] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. This field. United States Marine Corps published FM /MCWP Counterinsurgency. Prior to this neither the Army nor the. Marine Corps had published a manual.

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I still think this lends itself to advocating a nation-building approach every time we step in to an insurgent environment. Secondly, to pile on after Gian, I sincerely hope that the classic Galula-ian “Maoist model” of insurgency is dropped except for those insurgencies that are actually like classic Cold War insurgencies in structure and strategic purpose.

Army Field Manual Counterinsurgency

Bob, Given your comment at this morning excerpted below, can counrerinsurgency give us some additional insights into how the conference turned out? Why would a colonial power risk losing control of a country by allowing a government with political legitimacy to emerge?

I, for one, think this manual should address the military only and shouldn’t wish away the problems we will run into in the real world. The quesions become, when do we “care enough to send the very best,” and truly, how much SFA, etc is actually required to better secure our national interests? My latest cut at a more workable definition. Classical, Early, and Medieval World History: Second and perhaps relatedly, I think you claim any legitimacy not derived from the consent of the governed is unstable and offers potential fodder for insurgency.

Bob, Thanks for the clarification. The honorary degrees, or fiats that Western nations love to grant to the governments they create, deny to the governments they disaprove of, and bless our own overseas adventures with. I would also add that if the revised manual contains the paradoxes from the previous manual, and if it maintains the so called classic principles of coin by a foreign counterinsurgent force like protection of the population, government legitimacy, seperating the insurgents from the people, clear-hold-build then it is simply a rehash of the origninal version with only polishing around the fringes.


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

All the while the real underlying driver of the growing conflict was the illegimate governments we installed with the foreign process of democracy. Nagl and Paradoxes of Counterinsurgency Operations from the founterinsurgency chapter. Hi Bill, Thanks for your reply. Respectfully, I think a lot of the commentary about what should be in the ‘new’ FM misses the vital contextual point. Your third paragraph is harder for me. Poor governance is often a symptom of an extant conflict between differing power systems.

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And what is the difference between an insurgent and a ‘legitimate ‘ that word again political actor? Excellent point Dave and agree. I think we should take each conflict as its own category of conflict, and consider early and recurrently what it is that we wish to prevent, stop or punish, and who the perpetrators are. One would be much better off defining clear definitions and terms of reference in doctrine, and if one did just that, counrerinsurgency would be quite a lot.

In Iraq we eventually took it back, but at great cost to us and the Iraqis.

Grant, If US approaches to COIN have proven anything, it is to validate the truism that “tactics without strategy are the noise before defeat. But who delivers the message is just as important in ethnic contexts as what the message is.

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The exact same people for example, with the conservative elements of various populations, and with great nation rivals that c. It manula not be granted or created, it must be earned. It is little different from the need to have doctrine for logistics, C2, intelligence and other skills sets that are cross cutting.


While I have no broad disagreement in general with any of the comments raised thus far by Bob, Gian et al, as generalities about counterinsurgency, I think that there is a broader point that has been missed. Civil War than they did about counterinsurgency. My point is we may not have to win everytime, and the continued pursuit of an elusive victory at great cost for little return may in fact make us a loser in the long run.

Certainly this was the case in colonial policing. Maybe we will learn that the leaders of these countries often play on this fear of ours, making us see mere windmills as great giants, and sending us out to tilt with their political challengers in a manner that allows them to extend their reign, or delay making needed reforms.

Appreciate how universal and timeless human nature is, and those aspects most important for understanding the strategic context of any insurgency.

But that does not prevent the dilemma with which you were faced in Iraq. I think the current FM serves a much larger, broader role, and that it has problems that should be addressed and that it should be republished to continue to serve that larger role.

Some other miscellaneous points. The ‘concept’ of legitimacy bears lightly on many insurgent actions.