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Today, there is no more important issue to the warfighter than the topic of irregular warfare and, specifically, counterinsurgency. In Iraq and Afghanistan, the United States military, partnered with coalition forces, is fighting the long war. The outcome of this struggle will define the future of the Middle East and the rest of the world. Attack the Enemy's Strategy, Lessons from Counterinsurgency Operationsis the second volume in the Elbit Systems of America Warfighter Series and contains chapters written by some of the foremost warriors, authors and military historians. The purpose of is to provide a forum for warfighters to write, be published and discuss today s important warfighting issues. Elbit Systems of America is proud to sponsor this effort and looks forward to publishing future volumes in years to come. This book is focused at the tactical level of war where young warriors led by non-commissioned officers, lieutenants, captains, majors, and colonels face the fire each day. The authors of the chapters that follow come from a wide range of backgrounds and levels of experience. All are experts in their own right on the subjects they present. All care deeply that our warfighters get it right.
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Additional Authors include: John Antal (COL, USA Ret.) Kevin Benson (COL, USA Ret.) COL John Koenig and COL Phil Wasielewski James Jay Carafano (LTC, USA Ret.) MAJ James Spies (USA) MAJ Klaudius K. Robinson (USA) MAJ Rick Rouzer (USA) MAJ Diogo P.F. Tavares (USA) Eric Chevreuil (CAPT, French Army Ret.) 1LT Kyle T. Trottier (USA)Review:
Department of Defense Commander U.S. Joint Forces Command To our Warriors: Confronted by Americas demonstrated conventional warfighting superiority, many of our enemies have chosen an irregular form of warfare, insurgent war, to pursue their ends. This form of warfare is not new and reflects the fundamental nature of war, well chronicled in history that recognizes a thinking enemy will adapt the character of his warfighting approach in a manner that avoids his adversarys strengths. We will not win these wars among the people by virtue of the nobility of our cause, the number of tanks in our arsenal, or the wealth of our nation. Rather we will require military leaders at every level whose study and appreciation of war will prevail in an environment that rewards initiative over dogma and doctrine. Leaders in this sort of war will encompass the usual high ranking officer and NCOs, but emphatically must include our junior NCOs and officers. The latter carry a heavy burden on the decentralized counter insurgency battlefield because they lead at the points of greatest danger and friction where tactical actions can have strategic impacts. This sort of war is hardly a mystery. In our own American history, we have fought as insurgents and against insurgents. We fought well when there was common understanding of what matters and how best to win. And make no mistake about it. In today s battle it is our military s mission to achieve the conditions to win. Figuring out how to win is your challenge, and begins with study that each of us must undertake individually. That is what this anthology is designed to promote.&. Counterinsurgency is a type of war that defies template. While there are principles, they must be adapted to the specific circumstances by thinking leaders who can identify the enemy s logic. Self-analysis is always difficult, but in this work you will find authors who are committed to honest assessment. We must further the debate over how best to break an enemy who fights in a manner that negates some of our traditional strengths. But the enemy s efforts also reveal vulnerabilities to those warriors who can grasp them vulnerabilities that will doom our enemies if we can clearly, relate to historical lessons learned, and act forcefully, ethically, and swiftly against them. This anthology will open eyes, incite arguments, and spark action. This is all to the good, but the reader will also find their appreciation of war s complexity enhanced and in that personal growth will be one more nail in the coffins of our enemies, and an extension of this experiment in freedom that we call America to pass on to the next generation. Counterinsurgent leaders in our Army, Navy, Air Force, Coast guard, and Marine Corps are made, not born. We need tough hombres who can think on their feet. We need morally strong leaders who speak up with sound ideas and avoid running the ethical sidelines. We need leaders whose love of their subordinates will provide their charges an emotional shock absorber in the morally bruising combat environment. And we leaders at all levels who will not falter in tough circumstances, but who will constantly reinforce their troop s confidence and fighting faith. Leaders such as these must be at the top of their game physically, morally, and intellectually. This anthology will help guide you there, so when the tests come your way, you will break the enemy, take care of your troops and protect the innocent. I wish you good reading and good hunting. Semper Fi JAMES N. MATTIS General, U.S. Marines --Introduction
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