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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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Not the easiest book to read but one lilcullen the most thought provoking. Very interesting to see this from an Australian perspective.

The article on the insurgencies in Western Java and East Timor was very informative, as I did not know much about them. Filled with down-to-earth, common-sense insights, this book is the definitive account of counterinsurgency, indispensable for all those interested in making sense of our counherinsurgency in an age of terror.

It recounts historical approaches to COIN, providing insight on how operations may be conducted and in what ways they may affect a target audience. He argues that successful counterinsurgency is about out-governing the enemy and winning the adaptation battle to provide integrated measures to defeat insurgent tactics through political, administrative, military, economic, psychological and informational means.

Includes additional notes by Kilcullen on how the documents ciunterinsurgency written.

Indeed, his vision of modern counterinsurbency powerfully influenced the United States’ decision Jun 07, Brian rated it it was ok Shelves: Not much new information. Kilcullen, one of the leading counterinsurgency analysts, provides 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.

Understanding Insurgency and Counterinsurgency. But it is a reading that resides in no book, but around you; in the terrain, the people, their social and cultural institutions, the way they act and think. He drew on ethnographic methods to research traditional systems of governance in East Timor and West Papua. Thanks for telling us about the problem.


Languages Norsk Counteinsurgency links. Retrieved from ” https: I paricularly enjoyed the “28 Principles” and his battle report from Motain Bridge.

User Review – Flag as inappropriate Very good book. Kilcullen graduated from St Pius X College in In fact indiscriminate violence is more like using gasoline to put out a fire.

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He then attended the Australian Defence Force Academy and completed a Bachelor of Arts with honours in military art and science through the University of New South Wales and graduated as a distinguished graduate and was awarded the Chief of Defence Force Army Prize in A fascinating glimpse into the evolving mind of a soldier who has had an extraordinary impact upon armed western foreign policy across the past decade and a half.

His vision of war has been enormously influential, through his service as senior counterinsurgency adviser to General David Petraeus during the Surge in Iraq, as special adviser to the United States Secretary of State, and as 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.

The most useful chapter by far for most readers is likely to be the last chapter, which discusses the systems model of insurgency comparing an insurgent system to a biological organism, and the methods that COIN strategies must adopt in order to be able to adapt and combat such groups.

Kilcullen’s paper “Counterinsurgency Redux ” questions the relevance of classical counterinsurgency theory to modern conflict. 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.

Hurst- Afghan War, – pages. The economic relationship between insurgent and population may be diametrically opposed to classical theory. It first appeared as an e-mail that was widely circulated informally among U. Kilcullen fought insurgents in Indonesia, Iraq and Afghanistan. My library Help Advanced Book Search.

Oct 11, Jonard rated it really liked it. The author is one of the most respected and influential military thinkers currently influencing american policy. A former Australian infantry officer with 22 years’ service, including operational deployments in East Timor, Bougainville and the Middle East, Dr.


Kilcullen presents really interesting, well-reasoned theory about dealing with modern insurgency. This is apparently the prevailing thinking among military and security decision-makers in Washington right countetinsurgency.

It’s the first in a long time that I have to say that about, fiction or non-fiction. After twelve months of training in Indonesia, Kilcullen graduated from the Australian Defence Force School of Languages [10] in with an advanced diploma in applied linguistics.

Kilcullen was seconded to the United States Department of Defense inwhere he wrote the counter-terrorism strategy for the Quadrennial Defense Review that appeared in For more reviews and a summary of Kilcullen’s main points, find us kilcu,len Hand of Reason. Kilcullen, one of the leading counterinsurgency analysts, provides a wealth of information for COIN practitioners that stems from extensive hands-on experience. This is not the best book for those new to the study of counterinsurgency.


And the key is to see beyond the surface differences between our societies and these environments of which religious orientation is one key element to the deeper social and cultural drivers of conflict, drivers that locals would understand on their own terms. A book that takes a pragmatic look at counter-insurgency; and grounded in both research and reality. There are no discussion topics on this book yet. 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.

Retrieved 16 October Cunterinsurgency question of whether we were right to invade Iraq is a fascinating debate for historians and politicians, and a valid issue for the American people to consider in an election year.