Kilcullen’s paper “Counterinsurgency of classical counterinsurgency theory to modern conflict. David Kilcullen is one of the world’s most influential experts on counterinsurgency and modern warfare, a ground-breaking theorist whose ideas “are. David Kilcullen is one of the world’s foremost experts on guerrilla warfare. instruction at military academies and counterinsurgency schools worldwide, and has.
|Published (Last):||16 April 2010|
|PDF File Size:||13.14 Mb|
|ePub File Size:||20.69 Mb|
|Price:||Free* [*Free Regsitration Required]|
The author gives examples of successful and failed counterinsurgency actions and makes recommendations for an approach to fighting a worldwide insurgency rather than fighting a war on terror alone.
Counterinsurgency – David Kilcullen | Hand of Reason
Second, the well-being of civilians must be at the forefront and well ahead of any attempt to kill the enemy Fascinating book thought provoking and extremely relevant to the whole “war on terror”. Just like organic systems, insurgencies comprise seven elements: Kilcullen’s paper “Counterinsurgency Redux ” questions the relevance of classical counterinsurgency theory to modern conflict.
Theory and practice of counter-insurgency and conflict ethnography. The ability to lilcullen and integrate different opinions, and thus to self-correct, is one of the foremost strengths of our form of government, and I suspect this is true of all administrations, though perhaps it is true of some more than others.
Kilcullen argues that counter-insurgency operations, whether successful or not, cause the diffusion of political power from central to local leaders and that populations are the major actors in insurgency and counter-insurgency dynamics.
Account Options Sign in. But that is not my key concern. His final chapter on treating global extremist terrorism as a global-level insurgency makes sense, as would his suggestions on how to tackle the issue.
Techniques of Guerrilla Warfarethese are now quite dated. If states are having such difficulties in unifying a populace, a global jihadist movement is unlikely to fair much better at a larger scale. Dec 10, Maria rated it liked it Shelves: 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 kkilcullen towards the larger theme of the book.
Views Read Edit View history. A bit dated considering this largely contains pre-ISIS material, but his review of insurgency and counterinsurgency theory alone is concise and invaluable. 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 kilckllen or disrupted in order to starve the organism of kilculleh energy it requires to function.
For the general audience or those that already follow the work of Kilcullen, there are likely more pressing books to give priority to. The issue for practitioners in the field is not to second-guess a decision from six years ago, but to get on with the job at hand which, I believe, is what both Americans and Iraqis expect of coujterinsurgency.
Like Kilcullen’s other books, this work is well thought out and insightful. In Afghanistan, top priority should be given to anticorruption action, governance reform, creating a functioning government at the local level, and making people feel safe Kilcullen’s paper “Twenty-Eight Articles”  is a practical guide for junior officers and non-commissioned officers engaged in counter-insurgency operations in Afghanistan and Iraq.
Keep programs small and avoid scaling them throughout the entire operating environment 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. In that respect, the new strategy and tactics implemented inand which relied for their effectiveness on the extra troop numbers of the Surge, ARE succeeding and need to be supported.
My library Help Advanced Book Search. The paper’s publication countefinsurgency is an illustration of new methods of knowledge propagation in the military-professional community. The economic relationship between insurgent and population may be diametrically opposed to classical theory. Using Indonesian insurgency as a case study, Kilcullen concludes that when central power structures are weakened from a number of factors, local leaders can develop political and military power, using coercion through insurgency or guerrilla campaigns to diffuse power from the central authority to local actors dxvid Living in the Crosshairs David S.
This edition presents a fully updated and expanded version, including a new introduction, annotated tactical case studies, and an appendix on the key principles of the hugely successful Surge campaign of in Iraq. Retrieved 17 January While ideological and tactical similarities exist, there are also distinct differences The majority of the articles target a military audience, points pertaining to a wider audience are summarized below The first would focus on the Middle-East, force the U.
He left active duty in  and is commissioned as a lieutenant colonel in the Australian Army Reserve.