Saturday, March 25, 2006

Counterinsurgency - 2 Great Articles

Most of the information in the media today about the war(s) in Iraq and Afghanistan is overly general, to say the least. So, to get Wilsonizer readers ahead of the power curve, here are two very accessible military articles that provide detailed insight on how the U.S. Army views the war and is arraying itself for these fights.

Lieutenant General David Petraeus, the former commander of both the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) and the Multi-National Security Transition Command-Iraq, recently wrote a terrific article about counterinsurgency. It is available in the current issue of Military Review and definitely worth reading.

Meanwhile, Sean Naylor, who wrote about Operation Anaconda in Not a Good Day to Die, has an excellent article about Army Special Forces in Armed Forces Journal. Entitled "More than Just Door Kickers" , Naylor's piece argues that Special Forces' role of training and advising indigenous forces (often times in order to preclude the requirement for involvement of conventional American forces in a combat role) has taken a back seat to kinetic direct action operations.

I have met Naylor twice in the past few years, and I have always been impressed with his detailed writing and professionalism in covering military issues. His take on Special Forces, a subject near and dear to me, is spot on (in my humble opinion). LTG Petraeus is a soldier and a scholar, and his experiences in Iraq as both a division commander as well as the man responsible for re-establishing the Iraqi security forces (the schwerpunkt of this war, if there is one), make him one of the preeminent authorities on modern counterinsurgency operations.

Enjoy the readings!

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