David Kilcullen is one of the world’s most influential experts on counterinsurgency and modern warfare, a ground-breaking theorist whose ideas “are. can defeat anything with less strength. Twenty-Eight Articles: Fundamentals of. Company-Level Counterinsurgency by Dr. David Kilcullen, Lieutenant Colonel. Counter-insurgency is fashionable again: more has been written on it in the last four years David Kilcullen is Chief Strategist in the Office of the Coordinator for .
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Return to Book Page. Preview — Counterinsurgency by David Kilcullen. David Kilcullen is one of the world’s most influential experts on counterinsurgency and modern warfare, a ground-breaking theorist whose ideas “are revolutionizing counterinurgency thinking throughout the west” Washington Post.
Indeed, his vision of modern warfare powerfully influenced the United States’ decision to rethink its military strategy in Iraq and implement “the Surge, David Kilcullen is one of the world’s most influential experts on counterinsurgency and modern warfare, a ground-breaking theorist whose ideas “are revolutionizing military thinking throughout the west” Washington Post.
Indeed, his vision of modern warfare powerfully influenced the Counterinsuegency States’ decision to rethink its military strategy in Iraq and implement founterinsurgency Surge,” now recognized as a dramatic success.
In CounterinsurgencyKilcullen brings together his most salient writings on this vitally important topic. Here is a picture counterinsurhency modern warfare by someone who has had his boots on the ground in some of today’s worst trouble spots-including Iraq and Afghanistan-and who has been studying counterinsurgency since Filled with down-to-earth, common-sense insights, this book is the definitive account of counterinsurgency, indispensable for all counterinsurgenc interested in making sense of our world in an age of terror.
Paperbackpages. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Counterinsurgencyplease sign up. Lists with This Book. Aug 11, Hans rated it really liked it Shelves: The most fascinating part of counterinsurgency to me is how it is essentially a war fought with ideas more than violence. It is a propaganda war and he who has the most compelling message and ideas wins.
In fact indiscriminate violence is more like using gasoline to put out a fire. Unless you literally want to burn everything down until there isn’t anything left it is a poor choice for fighting a counter-insurgency. The use of brute force to counter insurgency is akin to a frontal assault on a m The most fascinating part of counterinsurgency to me is how it is essentially a war fought with ideas more than violence.
The use of brute force to counter insurgency is akin to a frontal assault on a machine gun position, it is doable, but you are going to pay dearly for it. The American public and American military has been for years not very effective with fighting counterinsurgency and there are a variety of reasons for this.
Now this isn’t to say that this could change. A smaller more agile and innovative force might be better suited to the current global-cultural insurgency. Only time will tell because thus far the American Public and Military have been pretty resistant to adapting.
Feb 15, Bruinrefugee rated it really liked it Shelves: This collection of articles from an Australian advisor to General Petraeus presages a number of points he makes in his later work, The Accidental Guerilla. It’s an important part of the dialogue in dealing with the asymmetric struggle with radical Islamists, although many of its points are broader.
Aug 05, William rated it liked it. This is apparently the prevailing thinking among military and security decision-makers in Washington right now. The proposed counterinsurgency strategy seems sound, intelligent, and impossible to execute. Jul 12, Jacob Frank rated it it was amazing Shelves: Interestingly, on the subject of the Vietnam war, he echoes the diagnosis of former CIA director Colby, whose biography I just finished, i.
On the subject of th Erudite and insightful. On the subject of the global war on terror, he advocates an approach which views an insurgency as an organic system, with subsystems and flows and linkages of energy and material both within the organism and between the organism and its ecosystem that can be cut off or disrupted in order to starve the organism of the energy it requires to function. One essential way of limiting the inputs to the insurgent system is to address the legitimate strivings of Muslim people worldwide, at the local and national level, devising legal, state-sanctioned pathways for them to pursue their political, economic and cultural goals in a democratic context and thereby reducing the attraction of the insurgent system.
Feb 08, Christopher Westman rated it liked it Shelves: Like Kilcullen’s other books, this work is well thought out and insightful. Unlike Kilcullen’s other books, the articles collected here are mostly dry and dull. It’s of interest if you’re a professional, perhaps, or for context in 20th century military history, but it is certainly not worth reading for pleasure or casual interest.
Jun 17, David Watts rated it really liked it Shelves: Although published in and a bit dated, a phenomenal look at counterinsurgency theory in its application to both the global war on terror and advice at the company level. Both the bottom up versus top down approaches used in reducing the threat of insurgency and the approach of insurgencies as a complex system proved to be highlights of the book for me.
I’m learning that I should read every word Kilcullen writes. A bit dated considering this largely contains pre-ISIS material, but his review of insurgency and counterinsurgency theory alone is concise and invaluable. View all 3 comments. Jul 12, Ailith Twinning rated it did not like it Shelves: My politest comment to this book is to flip it off. Interesting viewpoint on the winning hearts and minds to battle insurgency.
Jul 11, Lars Lofgren rated it really liked it.
Following the success and praise of his previous book, The Accidental Guerilla, David Kilcullen has released a compilation of his previously published articles on counterinsurgency that have impacted and evolved the theoretical understanding of the field.
From the “Twenty-eight Articles” that initially went viral to a summary of his doctoral dissertation, Kilcullen’s analysis can now be located in one book. Kilcullen, one of the leading counterinsurgency analysts, kilculle a wealth of informatio Following the success and praise of his previous book, The Accidental Guerilla, David Kilcullen has released a compilation of his previously published articles on counterinsurgency that have impacted and evolved the theoretical understanding of the field.
Kilcullen, one of the leading counterinsurgency analysts, provides a wealth of information for COIN practitioners that stems from extensive hands-on experience. Counterinsurgfncy Kilcullen’s last essay, he focuses on viable strategies to defeat the current global Islamist insurgency that makes up the Counterinsurency on Terror.
However, he neglects to examine whether or not it’s even possible to mobilize a global Muslim populace in a global insurgency. He readily admits the cultural differences that exist within and between insurgencies that can decrease operational capabilities but does not apply this same concept to the Islamist societies.
Indeed, nationalism within Afghanistan and Pakistan, for example, has not been readily adopted, facing fierce resistance towards efforts to consolidate state institutions and identities.
If states are having such difficulties in unifying a populace, a global jihadist movement is unlikely to fair much better at a larger scale. The emergence kilxullen a Muslim caliphate that is directly opposed to the West is no small undertaking and requires a substantial degree of analysis and evidence before national security policy can developed in anticipation of it.
While Kilcullen offers a highly intelligent strategy to combat radical Islamist terrorism through “disaggregation,” his implicit assumption that this insurgency possesses legitimate challenges to the West may be overstated.
While Kilcullen’s emphasis on a population-centric approach to COIN, the importance alleviating suffering for the populace may be overstated. Some scholars have claimed that civilian control methods that also force civilians to endure hardship can be effective in an insurgency.
Kilcullen represents one of the more prominent experts that recommend alleviating as much suffering as possible for the populace and the reader should be aware of critiques of that perspective. For a recent debate between the two perspectives, John A. Nagl and Gian P. Gentile each wrote two articles debating the topic in Joint Force Quarterly This is not the best book for those new to the study of counterinsurgency. Kilcullen’s book will aid those with a foundation in classical counterinsurgency theory as well as a general knowledge of the U.
For practitioners and scholars of COIN, this book is essential if the reader is unfamiliar with Kilcullen’s writings. For the general audience or those that already follow the work of Kilcullen, there are likely more pressing books to give priority to. For more reviews and a summary of Kilcullen’s main points, find us at Hand of Reason. May 20, Joe rated it liked it Shelves: Fundamentals of Company-Level Counterinsurgencyas well as incorporating concepts and updates from later works, including The Accidental Guerrilla.
The article on the insurgencies in Western Java and East Timor was very informative, as I did not know much about them. Particularly notable was the look at the success in the case of Java and later failure in East Timor of the Indonesian government’s tactic of using rural populations to surround insurgent territory.
In another article, Kilcullen recalls an engagement that took place in East Timor, where he was company commander of an Australian intervention force. The description of the firefight with a militia group illustrated the boots-on-the-ground realities of combat in the region, though didn’t really do much towards the larger theme of the book.
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Reading the article about the need to assert bottom-up good governance in Afghanistan, authored 3 years ago, was just depressing. Iilcullen ends with a look at combating global Islamist insurgency — not just al Qaeda — viewing it as a complex network that acts like a virtual Islamic state, then attacking counterinsuegency by trying to disengage each local insurgency from the larger network.
Together, the articles try to be a primer and handbook for counterinsurgents. On a more prosaic note, the most annoying thing about the book is that the author’s notes, added as footnotes to show additional thoughts and new perspectives in the years since the articles were first published, are in teeny-tiny, barely readable type. Feb 06, Martin Dunn rated it really liked it Shelves: Kilcullen provides a a fascinating view of the problem of insurgency which has gained prominence in the last two decades from the perspective of an army officer, a policy adviser and a theoretician.
While in my youth I had read classic works such as Defeating Communist Insurgency: Techniques of Guerrilla Warfarethese are now quite dated. The nature of insurgency has changed since the s, 60s and 70s. Communism has been Kilcullen provides a a fascinating view of the problem of insurgency which has gained prominence in the last two decades from the perspective of an army officer, a policy adviser and a theoretician.
Communism has been replaced by an Islamist Jihad, technology and economic development are quite different.
Thus, Kilcullen provided a contemporary update – some things were quite new and other familiar. But in a couple of ways, the book was disappointing. It was a collection of previously written articles collected in a single kilcuklen, with notes to update them to And it was dating quite quickly.
Jun 07, Brian rated it it was ok Shelves: Kilcullen presents really interesting, well-reasoned theory about dealing with modern insurgency.