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Accession Number ADA566531
Title COIN: Is Current Doctrine Counterfeit.
Publication Date May 2012
Media Count 39p
Personal Author M. I. Nodine
Abstract While the outcome of the Iraq war seems to have validated the U.S. Army's counterinsurgency manual FM 3-24, the war in Afghanistan seems to indicate there are fundamental problems associated with its historical principles and concepts. Dr. Kilcullen and Dr. Gorka asserted in a recent Joint Forces Quarterly article that the Army has relied on an incomplete set of examples to form current COIN doctrine. To evaluate their claim, this monograph answers two questions. First, do Gorka and Kilcullen accurately describe the defects in the Army COIN doctrine's development, and, second, does the failure to study examples of civil wars and revolutions matter. Answering these questions required an examination of past and present U.S. Army counterinsurgency doctrine to determine which doctrinal tenets were transferred from one document to the next, to compare historical examples used in previous doctrine and current doctrine, and to determine whether current COIN doctrine lacks examples of civil wars and revolutions. To answer the second question, it was necessary to select and examine recent civil wars. The civil wars in Burundi and Mozambique proved useful for answering that question because the warring parties involved exhibited characteristics not addressed in current doctrine. The research showed that current COIN doctrine failed to study civil wars and is limited to a select group of typical counterinsurgency examples. Current U.S. Army COIN doctrine is not comprehensive enough to address the many contextual situations surrounding the multiple examples of civil wars, revolutions, and insurgencies around the world. The claims of Gorka and Kilcullen are valid and would benefit from further examination.
Keywords Algeria
Army doctrine
Burundi civil war
Case studies
Civil wars
Civilian population
Doctrinal deficiencies
Ethnic conflict
Ethnic groups
Field manual 3-24
French counterinsurgencies
French influence
French-algerian war
Front for the liberation of mozambique
Galula david
Gorka sebastian
Kilcullen david
Korean war
Lessons learned
Military doctrine
Military history
Mozambican national resistance
Mozambique civil war
Nonwestern insurgencies
Paramilitary forces
Political revolution
Post-world war ii doctrine
Rebel groups
Second world war
Vietnam war

Source Agency Non Paid ADAS
NTIS Subject Category 92E - International Relations
92C - Social Concerns
92D - Education, Law, & Humanities
74G - Military Operations, Strategy, & Tactics
Corporate Author Army Command and General Staff Coll., Fort Leavenworth, KS. School of Advanced Military Studies.
Document Type Technical report
Title Note Monograph.
NTIS Issue Number 1307
Contract Number N/A

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