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.

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Not the easiest book to read but one of the most thought provoking. Jul 11, Lars Lofgren rated it really liked it.

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He is currently an advisor to NATO. There are only two fundamentals to every counterinsurgency. Very good book, makes very strong arguments. It was a collection of previously written articles collected in a single volume, with notes to update them to Here is a picture of 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 Kilcullen argues that targeted killings with drone strikes in Afghanistan and Pakistan is a mistake.

I didn’t actually finish reading this book, and have no desire to ever do so. Everyone interested in foreign relations should read this book, especially those who want to be informed on the current landscape of US military operations. Jul 12, Jerome rated it did not like it Shelves: Apr 16, Calvin Sun rated it liked it Shelves: Choose your country or region Close.

Fundamentals of Company-Level Counterinsurgencyas well as incorporating concepts and updates from later works, including The Counyerinsurgency Guerrilla. 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.

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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. In his book Blood Yearpublished inKilcullen makes very clear his view that “there undeniably would be no Isis if we had not invaded Iraq.

Only time will tell because thus far the American Public and Military have been pretty resistant to adapting. And insurgent tactics, based on exploiting the propaganda effects of urban bombing, may invalidate some classical tactics and render others, like patrolling, counterproductive under some circumstances. Selected pages Page 8. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account.


He was part of the small team that designed the SurgeA”, then spent his tour in Iraq directing counter-insurgency programs and providing hands-on advice to military, diplomatic, aid and intelligence agencies. Thus, Kilcullen provided a contemporary update – some things were quite new and other familiar. InKilcullen brought together his writings in his book Counterinsurgency and developed his understanding of counterinsurgency to address the globalized threat of radical Islam.

Counterinsurgency and counterterrorism professionals need to communicate better with the peace-building and development community Very interesting to see this from an Australian perspective. For a recent debate between the two perspectives, John A. A book that takes a pragmatic look at counter-insurgency; and grounded in both research and reality.

Archived from the original on 23 June There are many organizational strategy and insights from both the insurgency and counterinsurgency perspective that can be applied outside the theatre of war. 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. While Kilcullen’s emphasis on a population-centric approach to COIN, the importance alleviating suffering for the populace may be overstated.

Kilcullen attained the rank of lieutenant colonel in the Australian Army and served as a staff officer in the Australian Defence Force Headquarters. Thus, counter-insurgency strategies and tactics need updating to deal with a globalized movement like al-Qaeda, especially increasing participation and cooperation of many states’ intelligence and police agencies.

Jun 17, David Watts rated it really liked it Shelves: 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. I’m learning that I should read every word Kilcullen writes. Insurgents use these theatres for subversion, fundraising, and organizational development.

Every operation must be specifically tailored to the environment and populace, accounting for the unique cultural and governmental aspects that initially gave rise to the insurgency. Thus, field evidence suggests, classical theory is necessary but not sufficient for success against contemporary insurgencies. His research centered on investigating power diffusion in Indonesia during the Darul Islam Era of to and the Indonesian Occupation of East Timor of to On the subject of th Erudite and insightful.


Includes a previously unpublished essay entitled “Measuring Progress in Afghanistan”, which Kilcullen wrote for McChrystal during his recent field work in Afghanistan.

The author is one of the most respected and influential military thinkers currently influencing american policy. Environmental factors can exacerbate the diffusion of power. They will have a capacity for protracted independent operations within a joint interagency framework.

Sympathetic Puritans Abram Van Engen. Hi Not only does this book illustrate davif is being done to put down resistance to american imperialism overseas in Iraq and afghanistan, but it also shines light on what we see happening here in our country against supposed “eco-terrorists”. He left active duty in [4] and is commissioned as a lieutenant colonel in the Australian Army Kilvullen.

There was some good information presented, but it just rubbed me the wrong way. Jul 12, Jacob Frank rated it it was amazing Shelves: And the key is to see beyond the surface differences between our societies and these environments of which religious orientation is counherinsurgency key element to the deeper social and cultural drivers of conflict, drivers that locals would understand on their own terms.

Pulled from a variety of sources, Kilcullen added notes to clarify his thinking before publishing it Filled with down-to-earth, common-sense insights, this book is the definitive account of counterinsurgency, counterinsurgenc for all those counterinsurgench in making xounterinsurgency of our world in an age of terror.

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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 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.

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